In the late 2000s, CIA officers and scientists at Harvard University conducted the Mirror experiment, which helped to understand what determines the psychological success of teams. Then another test was conducted, which showed the importance of mutual understanding between the participants.
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According to the scenario of the first experiment, a group of volunteers was asked to act out an emergency, it was about the alleged planning of a terrorist attack. At the same time, a group of “intelligence officers” whose role was assigned to other volunteers had to be prevented. At the end of the experiment, it turned out that the “intelligence” had lost, since the “officers” knew each other little and did not achieve consistency in their actions. This experiment prompted one of the employees of Carnegie Mellon University to revise the concept of “collective intelligence”. The specialist interpreted the intellectual capabilities of the group of people that make up the team.
In the course of new observations, it was found that the success of a team is influenced not by a single collective intelligence, but by how deeply the participants in the experiment know each other. Successful task completion is influenced by whether group members with a common goal can quickly identify each other's psychological state.