Have any of you heard of the marshmallow experiment?
Someone gives a 4 year old a mashmallow. Tells them they can eat it at any time but if they wait until the researcher comes back they get two. They the kid is observed.
A guy tracks them down 20 year later and he says the ones that can wait are more succesful in life than the ones that can’t.
Interesting eh? Assuming that a trait that is developed so young does have a long term effect like this, do you think something could be done to change this if the parent is aware? Or maybe it’s the parents lack of awareness that makes their child a one marshmallow kid.
[quote=“Ronald Gross”]Imagine that you’re 4 years old, and participating in a little experiment. A friendly adult welcomes you into a room and sits you in front of a marshmallow. “This is for you,” she says. “Before we start , I have to do something down the hall. You can eat the marshmallow any time you like. But if you wait until I get back, I’ll give you two marshmallows.”
The researcher leaves the room. It’s just you, and that marshmallow.
Children react differently to this situation. Some grab and gobble the marshmallow by the time the door closes behind the researcher. Others seem fixated on it – looking, smelling, touching – but hold back from eating it. Others take steps to distract themselves – singing, walking around, listening by the door.
Black-out. Lights up – fourteen years later. You and hundreds of other kids who took the marshmallow test are tracked down by psychologist Walter Mischel, who conducted the original experiment at Stanford and is now a colleague of mine at Columbia.
The findings are dramatic. The youngsters who, at four, had waited to win the second marshmallow, tended to be rate high on the skills that make for success – in school, at work, in life. They had many of the “habits of successful people” – confidence, persistence, capacity to cope with frustration.
On the other hand, the one-third who had wolfed the marshmallow, had a different overall profile. They had trouble subordinating immediate impulses to achieve long-range goals. When it was time to study for the big test, they tended to get distracted into listening to a favorite TV programs.
From here: ronaldgross.com/Marshmallow.html[/quote]
This is the guy that did the orignal experiment:
Niven Professor of Humane Letters in Psychology
(Ph.D. Ohio State, 1956)