Research led by scientists at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute found that small-group dynamics — such as jury deliberations, collective bargaining sessions, and cocktail parties — can alter the expression of IQ in some susceptible people. “You may joke about how committee meetings make you feel brain dead, but our findings suggest that they may make you act brain dead as well,” said Read Montague, director of the Human Neuroimaging Laboratory and Computational Psychiatry Unit at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, who led the study. –Science Daily

Writing Prompt: Write a scene about your character in a small group. How does his or her behavior change in this setting?

Journaling Prompt: Write about an experience you’ve had in a small group.

Art Prompt: Committee

Nonfiction / Speech Writing Prompt: Write about your experiences serving on committees.

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