Tuesday, March 04, 2008

It's not Cookies

It's Marshmallows. But you should still wait to read this until you've written your take home essay. No. Really.

12 comments:

Beth said...

This is an awesome article. I have seen it happen to. It is kind of scary though to see what scientists have found based on people's habits.

karl.t.wright said...

I click it...doh!

F.F.K.Larson said...

This is another very insightful article, just as the 1 or 2 cookies story. I find it amazing that mere patients to acquire a better reward is the difference between the top and bottom groups of people.

Mushroompal88 said...

I don't necessarily think that just because your poor, you have less will power. It all depends on the individual and what they want to accomplish or not.

Bronte Cole said...

After reading this, i really hope that i would be one of the four year olds that had the willpower. I think i would end up making it a game to see if i could outlast all of the other kids, and that would keep my mind off of it. Plus, i dont really like marshmellows until they are roasted.

SNO_ANGEL said...

Delayed gratification... equals higher SAT scores? Hmmmm....
What a concept. I believe that it is true and I hope that I would have been one of the 4 year olds who waited. I would be interested to talk with them (the 4 year olds) to find out what they were thinking and why they waited or didn't wait. What was going on in their minds?

bluesccrchick said...

I really like this article, it's actually very interesting.

English 102 student said...

Talking about core psychological traits such as delayed gratification skills. I understand we are a bit older than the study group but, dont we as students practice the same control after every test or assignment turned in? Okay, maybe not in the exact same context, but we do to some extent.

kkaylawyer said...

I really liked hearing about this and found it extremely interesting. My only thought, I've been known to always try and be on the top of my class, yet I'm one of the most impatient people you'll ever meet.
-KKayL

herreraele said...

I like this article beacuse it talks about will power. This tells us that we started to have will power at a vey young age.

~*~Andrea~*~ said...

I loved reading this article.. It's like the two cookies thing we talked about in class.
It's kind of scary how that your characteristics are mostly determined on how you are raised when you are young, me being raised in a crazy family would like to believe most things are in your control when really it isn't.
I'm sure most the kids that took the one marshmallow didn't have the same parenting done to them as the ones who waited,
Of course the results showed that most the kids who wanted it now were bullies and didn't do as good and the ones who waited were more successful I always say this to every statistic...its only for some or most...never all. There is always an exception.

Ben Britz said...

It was a good article yes but i don't beleive that the kids who waited longer did better in life...if i was told when i was a kid that if i could wait to eat a marshmellow for a few minutes i would have a better life down the road, i would have eaten that marshmellow before the guy left the room...i think its crap...