More on the “marshmallow test”

from Maia Szalavitz:

…So, what determines which children will fall among the lucky 25% who can successfully resist the marshmallow? Is it an inherited genetic advantage that produces greater impulse control? Is delaying gratification a learned behavior? Or could children be making conscious choices about this specific task based on similar prior experiences — involving adults who promise better rewards later — of whether waiting really pays off?

Researchers led by Celeste Kidd at the University of Rochester devised a clever way to find out.


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