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Better than Individuals?

Charlan Jeanne Nemeth and Brendan Nemeth-Brown

in Group Creativity

Published in print September 2003 | ISBN: 9780195147308
Published online April 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199893720 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195147308.003.0004
Better than Individuals?

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This chapter focuses on the dissent which is likely to occur in groups where there are differences of opinion. Although such dissent may lead to negative feelings among group members, there is some evidence that the dissent experience in groups can increase the subsequent tendencies toward creative or divergent thinking. It is shown that such effects occur only if the dissent experienced is genuine and not based on someone playing the role of devil's advocate.

Keywords: dissent; group creativity; divergent thinking; consensus

Chapter.  10270 words. 

Subjects: Social Psychology

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