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!