Magic Can Conjure Up Confidence And Social Skills

beautiful blond kid blow dandelion outdoorThe study, conducted by Rebecca Godfrey, Dr
Sarah Woods, and Professor Richard Wiseman
from the University of Hertfordshire, involved
assessing the effect of teaching secondary
school children some seemingly impossible
illusions, including how to magically restore a
rope that has been cut in half, and read another
person’s mind.
“Learning magic requires self-discipline, an
understanding of how other people think, and an
ability to entertain,” noted psychologist Professor
Wiseman. “Also, unlike playing computer games,
it encourages children to interact with their
friends and family. Because of this, we thought it
might be a unique and effective way of
developing an important set of psychological
skills.”
The project involved 50 pupils aged between 10
and 12 at two schools in Hertfordshire.
Assessments, taken both before and after just a
single lesson at ‘magic school’, revealed
dramatic psychological effects, with the results
suggesting a significant increase in both
sociability and confidence. The researchers also
monitored the pupils during a standard lesson
commonly used to increase self-esteem, and
discovered that performing magic proved more
effective at promoting both social skills and
confidence.
Initial findings suggest that some children with
low self-esteem may also benefit from learning
and performing the tricks. Commenting on this
part of the project, Rebecca Godfrey noted, “It is
early days yet, but these results are very
encouraging and we hope that this approach can
be used to develop new and exciting ways of
reaching out to these children.”
Marvin Berglas from Marvin’s Magic, noted:
“These results confirm the many letters and
emails that we receive from children saying how
their new found talents have elevated their
playground status. Also, magic encourages
children to interact with their friends and family,
and is also both fun and cool.”
source : http://www.sciencedaily.com/
releases/2008/09/080911142419.htm

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