And the Marshmallow Studies Continue!

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Everyone and their brother knows the marshmallow test.  A test where a marshmallow is set in front of a 5 year old child for 15 minutes and told by a researcher if they do not eat the marshmallow while they are gone, when they come back, they will get two.  In recent NY times article, Pamela Drukerman, talks to the famous psychologist Dr. Walter Mischel about his well known marshmallow test and what he’s doing with his studies on this test these days.

 Dr. Mischel has come out with a new book called The Marshmallow Test: Mastering Self Control that emphasizes that it’s not all about self-control at the age of 5 that could possible determine your future, but self-control can be learned.  Phew.  So good to know for future marshmallow test participants… and their parents!  I mean, what if a kid is just super hungry during the test?!  Read the article in full below for more details about his recents studies:

Learning How to Exert Self Control from the NY Times.

Well, off to do the marshmallow test to my daughter who just turned 5!  I’ll let you know how she does! 

Video Games Good for Kids?? Yes!

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All you gaming junkies are probably jumping up and down right now, but hold on kids (and some of you parents out there!), there is a but…

Recent studies have shown that video games can be beneficial for kids but only when played 1 hour or less a day.  Anything after an hour can be potentially harmful kids health.  So why and how can video games be beneficial?

Here’s a few ways a little gaming per day can be beneficial for children:

  • increased feelings of happiness
  • more well adjusted
  • more helpful
  • more emotionally stable
  • higher levels of sociability
  • less hyperactivity
  • secure friendships

If video games are played for more than one hour, then you will find the opposite effects of the benefits above in children.  In an article by Dennis Thompson from WebMD he states, “Video game junkies were more likely to be moody, unhappy with their life and apt to act out in negative ways.”

So kids grab that controller and start gaming for that beneficial hour!  But after your homework is completed of course!!!!

 

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Video Games are Good for You (a little bit)-From TODAY Show

 

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