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Short version - http://www.gatherlittlebylittle.com/2008/03/1-marshmallow-or-2-a-study-on-the-benefits-of-delayed-gratification/
Full explanation - http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2009/05/18/090518fa_fact_lehrer
I am glad there is little information. One quality in Auburn’s President will hopefully payoff when the new coach is announced. Think how much more information is available just by waiting until now. I think it speaks well. In fact, this one quality of not acting impulsively produces an SAT score 210 points higher in children. They are more positive, persistent when faced with life difficulties, more self motivated and were able to delay immediate gratification in order to pursue their longer term goals.. Here is the short article excerpt. By the way, this skill is certainly absent or present in the posts that I read.
The study began with a group of children 4 years old. He optionally offered them one marshmallow immediately, but instead if they could wait for him to return later, they could have two marshmallows instead. He left for approximately 20 minutes. His theory? The children that could wait would demonstrate they had the ability to delay gratification and control impulse, both significant and important traits for attaining wealth and being financially successful. As you would expect, some children took one marshmallow, and other children decided to wait and received two later.
Fourteen years later, the simple study demonstrated the significant differences between the two groups of children. The children who delayed gratification and waited until Dr. Mischel’s return were more positive, persistent when faced with life difficulties, more self motivated and were able to delay immediate gratification in order to pursue their longer term goals.
The children who chose 1 marshmallow didn’t fare as well. They were more indecisive, mistrustful of others, less self confident and often more troubled in general. They were more obviously unable to delay immediate gratification.
Comparing the SAT scores of the 1 marshmallow students to the 2 marshmallow students showed that students that chose 1 marshmallow scored an average of 210 points lower than the 2 marshmallow students. Why? 2 marshmallow students are able to sacrifice immediate activity in the interest of more focused study time for a longer term benefit. The one marshmallow students were far more impulsive resulting in higher distraction and less focus on their school work. They fell for the old “Hey let’s go out, you can always study later“.
Amen brother... +1
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