Monday, June 08, 2009

Young Muslim Psychologist 2009

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Bismillāh ar-Rahmān ar-Rahīm In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful Young Muslim Psychologist is back again! Watch the video below to see pictures from the session from last year held at Masjid Darul Aman. For those interested in psychology, perhaps this article from The New Yorker might appeal to you. It is about a marshmallow test about self-control and delayed gratification. Here's how its done: A researcher will make an offer to the test subject (in this case, young children aged around 4 years): she could either eat one marshmallow right away or, if she was willing to wait while he stepped out for a few minutes, she could have two marshmallows when he returned. He said that if she rang a bell on the desk while he was away he would come running back, and she could eat one marshmallow but would forfeit the second. Then the researcher would leave the room. This experiment was done in the late 1960s but they've found that low delayers, the children who rang the bell quickly, seemed more likely to have behavioral problems, both in school and at home. They got lower S.A.T. scores. They struggled in stressful situations, often had trouble paying attention, and found it difficult to maintain friendships. The child who could wait fifteen minutes had an S.A.T. score that was, on average, two hundred and ten points higher than that of the kid who could wait only thirty seconds. The researc [...]

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