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Doing words together: assessing joint problem solving in a Scrabble task

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  • Riccardo Fusaroli
  • Svend Østergaard, Denmark
  • Joanna Raczaszek-Leonardi, University of Warsaw, Denmark
  • Johanne Stege Bjørndahl, Denmark
  • Frederik Stjernfelt, Denmark
  • Kristian Tylén
In this paper we test the effects of social interactions in embodied problem solving by employing a Scrabble-like setting. 28 pairs of participants had to generate as many words as possible from 2 balanced sets of 7 letters, which they could manipulate, either individually or collectively. Collaborating makes pairs significantly more productive than the best of the two individuals alone. Two parameters have a significant impact on the efficacy of collaboration: i)Pairs, whose performance is more similar in individual trials, gain higher benefit from collaboration. ii)Pairs having the collective condition first perform better. This points to collaboration catalysing optimal solution strategies which can be used in the successive individual trial.
Original languageEnglish
Publication year2014
Publication statusPublished - 2014
EventCogSci 2014 - Quebec City, Canada
Duration: 23 Jul 201426 Jul 2014


ConferenceCogSci 2014
CityQuebec City

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