New research suggests that people may be better off answering difficult questions by themselves.
To analyse the difference in performance between individuals thinking on their own and those who discussed things as a group, Professor Asher Koriat conducted a set of studies in which he asked a series of questions to participants. The results suggested that those who worked together in a group produced better answers when the solution was logical, but those working on their own produced better responses when confronted with a trick question. Professor Koriat concluded that people had more confidence in their own answer when working alone than when in a group.
"A study by scientists found that individuals could be better at problem solving on their own, as long as they were confident in their own answers."
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