Verbal equity, cognitive specialization, and performance

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In this paper, patterns of communication are examined in order to unpack the extent to which verbal equity is a critical factor in determining group success. A microanalysis of 20 teams working to complete a complex, information dependent, collaborative task was conducted. Interaction analysis methods were used as means to determine patterns of interaction and the sophistication of cognitive activity that teams engaged in. Findings suggest that verbal equity may not be as important as previous research indicates. A more critical variable may be cognitive specialization. The authors explain their findings by drawing on theories of cognition, thereby contributing to a better understanding of collective intelligence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationGROUP 2014 - Proceedings of the 18th ACM International Conference on Supporting Group Work
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781450330435
StatePublished - Nov 9 2014
Event18th ACM International Conference on Supporting Group Work, GROUP 2014 - Sanibel Island, United States
Duration: Nov 9 2014Nov 12 2014

Publication series

NameProceedings of the International ACM SIGGROUP Conference on Supporting Group Work


Other18th ACM International Conference on Supporting Group Work, GROUP 2014
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySanibel Island

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Science(all)


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