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Research from scientists at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute offers an explanation of why many people become, in effect, less intelligent in small group settings.
If we think others in a group are smarter, we may become dumber, temporarily losing both our problem-solving ability and what the researchers call our "expression of IQ."
The clamming-up phenomenon seems to be more common in women and in people with higher IQs, according to the report, published in January in the journal Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B.
The Virginia Tech scientists used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to study how the brain processes information about social status in a small group and how people's perception of their status affects their cognitive performance.
Originally posted by CynicalDrivel
But apparently, this makes me "abnormal for a woman", by this little test. But, this thing is useful to explain why my husband generally comes across as merely agreeing with what I state, while being as smart as I am.
I don't feel "dumb" per se. I just realize that my wife is a fire-cracker filled with knowledge that is usually readily available. Whereas my thick tongue and sun-burnt brain take much longer. lol