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The hows and whys of “we” (and “I”) in groups

  • Amanda J. Barnier (a1), Celia B. Harris (a1) and John Sutton (a1)

Informed by our interdisciplinary research program on collaborative recall, we argue that Baumeister et al. should consider: (1) group success as a balance between differentiation and integration (not differentiation alone); (2) variation in constellations of people and processes within and across groups; and (3) nuanced measurement of what people bring to, do in, and get out of groups.

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Behavioral and Brain Sciences
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