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The Marshmallow Test

Sunday 1/25/2015:

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Eating pink and white heart marshmallows tells us something about psychology, children, and the way waiting affects people.

Here’s how the study works:

Stanford University psychologists created a study that invited 4 and 5 year old children. The testers had each child sit, unsupervised, in a room with a marshmallow. They could receive a second marshmallow only IF they didn’t eat the first one.

Children who were able to wait tended to have higher SAT scores, tended to have lower obesity rates and substance abuse rates, and tended to score higher in various other metrics.