Take a Meeting? It Could Make You Seem Stupid, Study Says

David Schepp
work meetings make you dumber
work meetings make you dumber

Attending regular workplace meetings is one of the more mundane aspects of work life. And though they may seem benign, the atmosphere created in such groups may inhibit some workers' ability to effectively think and communicate during them -- and it isn't just in their heads, a new study shows.

Meetings involving small groups, such as jury deliberations, collective bargaining sessions and cocktail parties, can reduce some people's ability to think -- making them appear less intelligent than they actually are, according to researchers at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute.