Monday, September 21, 2009

The Power of Temptation « Bit Rebels

To test the power of temptation on children, Walter Mischel at Stanford University conducted a ‘marshmallow experiment’ with a group of children in the 1960s. According to YouTube, “A group of four-year olds were given a marshmallow and promised another, only if they could wait 20 minutes before eating the first one. Some children could wait and others could not. The researchers then followed the progress of each child into adolescence, and demonstrated that those with the ability to wait were better adjusted and more dependable (determined via surveys of their parents and teachers), and scored an average of 210 points higher on the Scholastic Aptitude Test.”

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