Sunday, 20 June 2010

The Marshmallow Test

There is a personality test, invented by a psychologist named Walter Mischel, called the Marshmallow Test, which was first performed at Stanford University in the '60s. Here's how it works: a series of 4 year olds are given a plate on which sits a marshmallow. They are told that they are allowed to eat the marshmallow, but if they wait 15 minutes, they can have 2.
Tracking these children into adulthood over decades has proved that the ones who can hold out for 15 minutes, and thus get multiple marshmallows rewards, have, in life generally, better educational results, better health, better relationships and better jobs. It seems that self control is the key to success.

What's your thoughts?


  1. Yes in sociological terms its called delayed gratification, lots of interesting studies about it, am sure you see it in the classroom all the time. Food for thought! No pun intended.
    Carol Campbell

  2. That's quite an amazing test....I don't think my 6 year old would like

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