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Marshmallows, Self-Control and Your S.A.T. Score

May 13, 2009

At the New Yorker, a story about the science of self-control begins with a description of an experiment measuring the ability of children to refrain from eating marshmallows. Turns out,

[o]nce [the study designer] began analyzing the results, he noticed that low delayers, the children who [ate the marshmallow] quickly, seemed more likely to have behavioral problems, both in school and at home. They got lower S.A.T. scores. They struggled in stressful situations, often had trouble paying attention, and found it difficult to maintain friendships. The child who could wait fifteen minutes had an S.A.T. score that was, on average, two hundred and ten points higher than that of the kid who could wait only thirty seconds.

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  1. john permalink
    May 13, 2009 1:04 pm

    I don’t know how to explain my success on the SATs then, because i couldn’t even muster the self-control to finish that article.

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