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The Road We Must Take: Multidisciplinary Team Science

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Science Translational Medicine  10 Mar 2010:
Vol. 2, Issue 22, pp. 22cm9
DOI: 10.1126/scitranslmed.3000421

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  • Fig. 1. The effect of team research on phases of innovation.

    (A) Teams augment innovation during the variation phase because more ideas are generated by robust team input than by individuals. (B) Team review of potential discoveries optimizes breakthroughs and limits failures as compared with an individual’s evaluation of his or her own ideas without outside input. (C) The networks associated with each individual team member speed adoption of the idea within the community, resulting in high retention of the discovery.

    CREDIT: C. BICKEL/SCIENCE TRANSLATIONAL MEDICINE
  • Fig. 2. Differences in creative thinking between homogenous and diverse teams.

    (A) Teams with a shared mind-set think sequentially and approach problems with ideas (blue arrows) that result in standard solutions. (B) Diverse teams develop ideas (blue arrows) connectively, as members learn new material to communicate and new connections are made. Further, ideas are enriched by each member’s own network.

    CREDIT: C. BICKEL/SCIENCE TRANSLATIONAL MEDICINE

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