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Research Article

Collective Cognition in Humans: Groups Outperform Their Best Members in a Sentence Reconstruction Task

  • Romain J. G. Clément equal contributor,

    equal contributor Contributed equally to this work with: Romain J. G. Clément, Stefan Krause

    Affiliations: Department of Biology and Ecology of Fishes, Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries, Berlin, Germany, Department of Crop and Animal Sciences, Humboldt-University of Berlin, Berlin, Germany

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  • Stefan Krause equal contributor,

    equal contributor Contributed equally to this work with: Romain J. G. Clément, Stefan Krause

    Affiliation: Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Lübeck University of Applied Sciences, Lübeck, Germany

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  • Nikolaus von Engelhardt,

    Affiliation: Department of Animal Behaviour, University of Bielefeld, Bielefeld, Germany

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  • Jolyon J. Faria,

    Affiliation: Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, United States of America

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  • Jens Krause,

    Affiliations: Department of Biology and Ecology of Fishes, Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries, Berlin, Germany, Department of Crop and Animal Sciences, Humboldt-University of Berlin, Berlin, Germany

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  • Ralf H. J. M. Kurvers mail

    ralf.kurvers@igb-berlin.de

    Affiliation: Department of Biology and Ecology of Fishes, Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries, Berlin, Germany

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  • Published: October 17, 2013
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0077943

About the Authors

Romain J. G. Clément, Jens Krause, Ralf H. J. M. Kurvers
Department of Biology and Ecology of Fishes, Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries, Berlin, Germany
Romain J. G. Clément, Jens Krause
Department of Crop and Animal Sciences, Humboldt-University of Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Stefan Krause
Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Lübeck University of Applied Sciences, Lübeck, Germany
Nikolaus von Engelhardt
Department of Animal Behaviour, University of Bielefeld, Bielefeld, Germany
Jolyon J. Faria
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, United States of America

Corresponding Author

Email: ralf.kurvers@igb-berlin.de

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: RJGC SK JJF JK. Performed the experiments: RJGC NE JJF. Analyzed the data: RJGC SK RHJMK. Wrote the manuscript: RJGC SK NE JJF JK RHJMK.