Friday Factoid: Groupthink

Sarah Watts, MS

WKPIC Doctoral Intern


Why do people seem to make poor decisions when they are with a group? Groupthink is something that can occur when members of a group go along with the group’s choice without thinking about the merits of the decision. Getting along with your group members may actually increase the probability that this will happen and the group will make a poor decision.



Russell, J. S., Hawthorne, J., & Buchak, L. (2015). Groupthink. Philosophical Studies : An International Journal for Philosophy in the Analytic Tradition172(5), 1287–1309.

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