When it comes to solving problems, two heads are better than one

When experts work in pairs they are better at solving problems than when they work alone, research from the University of Illinois’ Beckman Institute has found.

Researchers asked expert flight instructors, student pilots, and non-pilots to solve a series of aviation-related problems. The experts performed better when working in pairs, but only when solving complex, rather than simple, problems. The novice participants were found to work better alone.

These results suggest that experts share their knowledge to solve the problem, whereas novices may struggle to coordinate problem solving and thus focus on different information when working together.

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