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spokenword73
Apr 11th, 2006, 10:49 PM
New research from Tufts University indicates that diverse groups perform better than homogenous groups when it comes to decision making and that this is due largely to dramatic differences in the way whites behave in diverse groups--changes that occur even before group members begin to interact.


In a study involving 200 participants on 29 mock juries, panels of whites and blacks performed better than all-white groups by a number of measures. "Such diverse juries deliberated longer, raised more facts about the case, and conducted broader and more wide-ranging deliberations," said Sommers. "They also made fewer factual errors in discussing evidence and when errors did occur, those errors were more likely to be corrected during the discussion."

Surprisingly, this difference was primarily due to significant changes in white behavior. Whites on diverse juries cited more case facts, made fewer mistakes in recalling facts and evidence, and pointed out missing evidence more frequently than did those on all-white juries. They were also more amenable to discussing racism when in diverse groups.

More at http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2006/04/060410162259.htm (https://webmail.csudh.edu/exchweb/bin/redir.asp?URL=http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2006/04/060410162259.htm)

Dana Marcy
Apr 11th, 2006, 11:03 PM
Whites on diverse juries cited more case facts, made fewer mistakes in recalling facts and evidence, and pointed out missing evidence more frequently than did those on all-white juries. They were also more amenable to discussing racism when in diverse groups.

Interesting. I wonder what held them back when they were only with other whites. Thanks for posting this. ;)

No Name Face
Apr 12th, 2006, 03:13 AM
this is very true.
when i was going through my whole pre-internship process they stressed this point. the best wall street firms are now looking to diversify their staff in order to create and expand on their demographic. it will be very good for business in the near future.

in one of my classes, i'm in a group with a white person and an asian person and we get along really well. and call each other out on stupid stereotypes. :lol:
it's a lot of fun.