Mindsets and Information Sharing in Groups

Priming synchrony or independence (Kolb & Van Swol)

This projects explores how group members primed to value independent contributions repeat and discuss more information that is new and unknown to others in the groups. This acceptance of new information increases group performance on a task in which new, unshared information is critical.

Mindfulness and information sharing (Kolb & Van Swol)

We explore if mindfulness can improve group decision-making by making members better able to share and integrative information, especially unshared information.

Minority influence and communication (Carlson & Van Swol)

This project examined under what conditions can a group member with a minority opinion wield more influence in a group.  A recent study (which won top group communication paper at NCA 2013) found that minority members who discussed more information known by other group members were more influential.  However, for majority group members the type of information discussed did not affect their ability to influence the group.  In another study that is in review at a journal, we found that minority members with more integratively complex arguments were more influential in the group, but that integrative complexity did not affect influence for majority members.  We hypothesize that majority members influence through more normative influence of their greater numbers and social agreement.  However, minority members lack agreement from others in the group and must influence through the information and arguments they present.