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Computer-Mediated Communication

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I will be talking about my research into Computer-Mediated Communication (CMC). Firstly, I will discuss an experiment investigating how satisfaction with group decisions is influenced by changes in group dynamics in group-to-group video conferencing sessions. In particular, the experiment was designed to test the following hypotheses:

H1: Group member satisfaction is positively associated with the utility of the activity H1a: Utility is mediated by the relative number of people in each group (subgroup size)

I will report the results of an experiment designed to test these hypotheses in which groups of participants were engaged in a decision making task. Each group was split either evenly or unevenly across two locations and linked by a video conferencing system. The results were:

1. Satisfaction is positively associated with the trade-off between group outcome and individual contribution. 2. This association is mediated by group members’ attitudes towards collaboration. 3. This association is also mediated by the extent to which members identity with their subgroups which in turn depends on subgroup size.

If I have time I will outline my plans for future research into adaptive CMC .

This talk is part of the Human Computer Interaction seminars series.

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