Where are the ab­ducted girls?

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There’s an old adage that be­hind ev­ery great man is a great(er) woman. It turns out that the same could be said for great teams. Ev­i­dence sug­gests that the num­ber of women on a given team in­flu­ences that team’s abil­ity to solve com­plex prob­lems.

The re­searchers, led by Anita Wil­liams Wooley of Carnegie Mel­lon’s Tep­per School of Busi­ness, were ini­tially ex­am­in­ing the con­cept of col­lec­tive in­tel­li­gence—the idea that ef­fec­tive groups tap into a sep­a­rate in­tel­li­gence that is dif­fer­ent from merely the aver­age of the in­di­vid­ual in­tel­li­gence of team mem­bers.

The team ad­min­is­tered IQ tests to nearly 700 par­tic­i­pants and then ran­dom­ized them into groups of var­i­ous sizes (be­tween two and five mem­bers). Each of the 192 groups worked to­gether on var­i­ous tasks, rang­ing from ne­go­ti­a­tions to vis­ual puz­zles to com­plex prob­lem-solv­ing as­sign­ments. Al­most all of the as­sign­ments re­quired some el­e­ment of cre­ative think­ing.

When run­ning the num­bers, the re­searchers found that there was lit­tle cor­re­la­tion be­tween the aver­age in­tel­li­gence of a team and its per­for­mance on these tasks. In ad­di­tion, group co­he­sion, mo­ti­va­tion, and sat­is­fac­tion weren’t cor­re­lated with col­lec­tive in­tel­li­gence. Most of the ex­pected pre­dic­tors of team per­for­mance failed to cor­re­late with ac­tual col­lec­tive in­tel­li­gence. When they dug deeper into what ex­plained per­for­mance, how­ever, they dis­cov­ered a few sur­pris­ing pre­dic­tors.

The first was that groups that took turns more fre­quently in dis­cus­sions tended to per­form bet­ter. The teams that shared in­for­ma­tion more freely and kept one or two in­di­vid­u­als from dom­i­nat­ing the process scored bet­ter across the board.

The sec­ond was that higher per­for­mance was found in teams with higher so­cial sen­si­tiv­ity—how much in­di­vid­ual mem­bers paid at­ten­tion to other mem­bers and asked ques­tions in­stead of as­sum­ing opin­ions or com­pli­ance.

The fi­nal find­ing was that the more women on the team, the smarter it was.

The com­monly held be­lief is that teams that are the most di­verse tend to per­form bet­ter. This re­search, how­ever, im­plies the more women, the bet­ter. While the ini­tial study wasn’t de­signed to ex­am­ine any gen­der ef­fects, the cor­re­la­tion be­tween num­ber of women and per­for­mance was sig­nif­i­cant and has since been repli­cated in two other stud­ies.

One pos­si­ble ex­pla­na­tion is that the num­ber of women is also pre­dic­tive of the level of so­cial sen­si­tiv­ity, the first pre­dic­tor of team per­for­mance. In gen­eral, women on teams tend to ask ques­tions more of­ten and al­low for a more col­lec­tive dis­cus­sion. Many stud­ies show that women score more highly than men in so­cial sen­si­tiv­ity.

Culled from Psy­chol­ogy To­day

In what could be best de­scribed as ev­ery par­ent’s worst nightmare, some sec­ondary school girls num­ber­ing about two hun­dred of Govern­ment Sec­ondary School Chi­bok in Borno State were ab­ducted by sus­pected Boko Haram mil­i­tants on Mon­day night. They were writ­ing their fi­nal ex­am­i­na­tion of WAEC.

This was also the day of the hor­ror of bomb blast in the morn­ing at Nyanya, a sub­urb of Abuja where al­most one hun­dred people died, though some be­lieved it could be more than two hun­dred and many oth­ers in­jured.

Ac­cord­ing to re­ports, gun­men went to the school and took the girls away in many ve­hi­cles, in­clud­ing pick-up trucks.

With this brazen ab­duc­tion of young in­no­cent girls by the mil­i­tants, some­thing heinous has again been in­tro­duced into the in­sur­gency.

The very thought of the girls in the hands of men makes one cringe. What is their fate, what are they go­ing to do to them, how afraid the girls would be, think­ing about their par­ents, are ques­tions that nag the mind and refuse to go away.

How­ever, few of the girls were able to es­cape along the road when one of the cars broke down.

One of the girls who nar­rated the or­deal to BBC Hausa said, “Upon see­ing that, some girls close to the door dropped out of the car and ran into the bush. We also jumped out and fol­lowed them into the bush, where we stayed till morn­ing be­fore we headed back to our homes.”

The re­al­ity that the young girls JUMPED out of a ve­hi­cle, RAN into the BUSH, SPENT the NIGHT in the bush, un­der­lines the grav­ity of the sit­u­a­tion to make teenage girls to be­have like that, in or­der to es­cape.

Other three girls were also said to re­turn home later, but as for the rest, we hope the se­cu­rity agents would find them soon­est, like YES­TER­DAY.

One of the fa­thers of the ab­ducted girls, also told BBC Hausa the he would rather his daugh­ter was dead than be­ing ab­ducted.

“I can’t quan­tify what I am feel­ing now, my mind would have been more com­fort­able if I had seen the dead body of my daugh­ter,” he said.

He added that in or­der to find his daugh­ter, he fol­lowed the route of the ab­duc­tors and spent the night in the for­est be­fore com­ing back home. When he came back home he found his wife in coma.

The tale of woes are many from the par­ents and guardians, how­ever other people also share in the pain and pray for the im­me­di­ate re­lease or res­cue of the teenage girls.

The ques­tions that baf­fles the mind is how the in­sur­gents were able to drive many ve­hi­cles and ab­ducted the girls with­out be­ing in­ter­cepted by se­cu­rity agents, es­pe­cially in a place that is un­der emer­gency rule.

This is na­tional tragedy and an in­dict­ment of the govern­ment that no­body is re­ally se­cure in Nigeria. I saw some­body who was solemn yes­ter­day; he said the in­se­cu­rity in the coun­try has damped him, lament­ing the ab­duc­tion of the girls.

“We are on our own, no­body is safe. You can­not be sure of any­thing any­more,” he said de­ject­edly.

Pres­i­dent Good­luck Jonathan should do some­thing to bring the in­se­cu­rity to an end. We need ac­tion rather than rhetoric of con­dem­na­tion.

Wher­ever the girls are taken to, they should be found.

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