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Marshmallow Test

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Marshmallow Test

  1. 1. The Marshmallow Test Alex Miller
  2. 2. The Marshmallow Test Alex Miller
  3. 3. What is it?
  4. 4. 10 years later...
  5. 5. Long delayers were
  6. 6. more academically and socially competent
  7. 7. verbally fluent
  8. 8. rational
  9. 9. attentive
  10. 10. able to deal with frustration and stress
  11. 11. use and respond to reason
  12. 12. 13 years later...
  13. 13. Long delayers were
  14. 14. better on SAT 200 points higher!
  15. 15. self-controlled in frustrating situations
  16. 16. able to resist temptation
  17. 17. intelligent
  18. 18. able to concentrate without giving in to distraction
  19. 19. and beyond...
  20. 20. went to better schools
  21. 21. lower body-mass index
  22. 22. make more money
  23. 23. happier
  24. 24. Marshmallow test is an excellent predictor of life success
  25. 25. What does this have to do with me?
  26. 26. Do you ever...
  27. 27. have trouble losing weight?
  28. 28. buy stuff* on credit you can’t afford? *actual eBay item
  29. 29. break a New Year’s resolution?
  30. 30. read Twitter instead of working?
  31. 31. procrastinate?
  32. 32. We are surrounded by marshmallows* * tweetable phrase
  33. 33. Is my kid screwed?
  34. 34. Am I screwed?
  35. 35. What made delayers different?
  36. 36. All kids struggled
  37. 37. Some find avoidance strategies
  38. 38. Don’t look.
  39. 39. Sing or clap
  40. 40. Pretend to eat
  41. 41. Can we teach this?
  42. 42. Yes*
  43. 43. * but might be domain-limited
  44. 44. Example: Turn hot stimulus into cold
  45. 45. Example: Turn hot stimulus into cold
  46. 46. Things we now know: Marshmallows = yummy Delaying = hard Success in life self control Can learn tactics to delay

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