The Use of Cognitive Mapping in Eliciting and Evaluating Group Cognitions
Article first published online: 20 MAY 2010
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Journal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume 40, Issue 5, pages 1258–1291, May 2010
How to Cite
Curşeu, P. L., Schalk, R. and Schruijer, S. (2010), The Use of Cognitive Mapping in Eliciting and Evaluating Group Cognitions. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 40: 1258–1291. doi: 10.1111/j.1559-1816.2010.00618.x
- Issue published online: 20 MAY 2010
- Article first published online: 20 MAY 2010
A holistic method for eliciting and evaluating group cognition was introduced and tested. In the study, 359 undergraduate students were assigned to 72 groups, consisting of 4 to 6 members who worked on research projects lasting for 14 weeks. In order to evaluate the way groups represent the specific knowledge related to their tasks, we used a conceptual mapping technique. Conceptual mapping proved to be a fruitful way to understand the way groups represent their knowledge. The conceptual maps were stable in time and had explanatory power for groups' performance.