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The Cykometrix Cognition Characteristic

World experts have determined that certain learned human characteristics, when combined, can make the difference between success and failure in teams. At Cykometrix, we have studied over hundreds of psychology publications to solve the complex problem of assigning a number on what makes excellent team members and what makes teams effective. The Cykometrix Cognition characteristic is one of seven such numbers.


This is a person's ability to reason, to solve problems, to comprehend quantitative concepts, to think visually, and a person's ability to perform deductive tasks while under pressure and maintaining a decent level of creativity. This characteristic is most useful when you need to understand complex systems, how distinct elements relate to each other, and find solutions to difficult problems.

Related: Openness, imaginative, and curious.

Opposites: Closed-minded, uncreative, and uninterested.

What the experts say…

Experts have always thought cognition to be important to team effectiveness. Culturally, most people think intelligence must be a big contributor to our ability to deliver results. It turns out that in the information age and moving forward, our work requires an increasing amount of creativity and cognitive ability to determine the tasks that need to be done, how to coordinate team members to achieve goals, and even what tools are needed to accomplish said tasks. Therefore, if the relation between cognition and business success was in doubt, it is not anymore.

Research by DeChurch of the University of Central Florida and Mesmer-Magnus of the University of North Carolina Wilmington has determined that effective teams require a significant amount of cognitive ability to be effective. They define the interaction of different team members to collect, keep, and process information from individuals and convert the information to useful forms for goals set as 'team cognition'. The researchers have found that a team’s cognitive ability is an important driver of team effectiveness because it enables team members to predict and anticipate each other's actions and to use the often wide array of expertise present within the team productively.

Basically, the more cognizant a person is, the more valuable the team member will be to a team. Of course, we can divide cognitive abilities into multiple forms. classifies cognition into five different categories:
  • Fluid intelligence: Ability to figure out solutions with little instruction and to find how solutions can be applied to other situations.
  • Quantitative reasoning: Ability to analyze information presented in quantities (numbers, amounts) and to determine what skills, processes and equipment would best solve a problem.
  • Visual processing: Ability to organize visual information into meaningful patterns and to understand how the patterns may change, operate in different spaces and move around.
  • Processing speed: Ability to perform cognitive tasks under pressure and ability to work on multiple tasks in parallel.
  • Overall intelligence: Ability to recognize problems as they arise, seek information to solve it, and use prior experience and experiences to solve said problems.

Depending on team composition and tasks, a team with different levels of cognition in these categories will contribute in different ways to a team’s effort. Ideally, a team member’s cognitive abilities should align with the performed tasks and if several categories of cognition are important, the team should have team members with various cognitive strengths to support the team’s efforts. Thus, teams with various cognitive skills will likely be capable of tackling a wider array of tasks, including the unexpected, making the team more resilient to changes too.

The high Cognition team member

A person with high Cognition will be:
  • quick to find solutions to problems and find ways to leverage team members to best tackle them
  • good at analyzing complex situations
  • able to find needed resources to accomplish a task at hand
  • able to multitask effectively under stress


Cykometrix is a SaaS based Assessment Company specializing in team optimizations. Leveraging correlations and data from hundreds of psychological research papers, we deliver dynamic, interactive reports illustrating the team strengths and weaknesses.

Our automated online service provides teams and management benchmarks and suggested training to cost-effectively promote team resilience, efficiency, and productivity.

Teams can leverage our service to quantify improvements in existing team dynamics using our native Pulse baselining methodologies, the optimal personal characteristics of new employees, and even suggest how to reorganize existing teams for maximum effectiveness.

Contact to get your team’s effectiveness measured and improving now.