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21 September 2009 @ 02:17 pm
This video is my favorite thing on the internet today. Thanks to kcatalyst for the link.
I'm feeling: chipperchipper
DancingWolfGrrldancingwolfgrrl on September 21st, 2009 06:27 pm (UTC)
Ha! My favorite is the kid who starts eating it before she even leaves :)
ruthless compassion: laughteraroraborealis on September 21st, 2009 06:29 pm (UTC)
"Yeah, whatever, lady. You and your promises about this mysterious future can just suck it!"
DancingWolfGrrldancingwolfgrrl on September 21st, 2009 06:31 pm (UTC)
Delayed gratification is hard! Let's go shopping. Wait...
Kcatkcatalyst on September 21st, 2009 06:41 pm (UTC)
I love the juxtaposition of her with the successful kid. It's like you can't lose! Either you get a marshmallow right away, or you get to stick two in your mouth at once. Life is awesome!
Mizarchivist: Eddie-Squirrelmizarchivist on September 21st, 2009 07:18 pm (UTC)
I believe the first time I saw this phenomena chronicled was a TED talk. I keep desperately wanting to believe I would be one of the few kids who could have survived the wait.
I wish they showed the results of the rest of 'em.
A Hog and A Frog Cavort on a Blogjennylisa on September 21st, 2009 08:02 pm (UTC)
HA! I love it! I know about the study, but seeing it in real life is fabulous! :D Must steal!
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Kcatkcatalyst on September 21st, 2009 08:43 pm (UTC)
Yes, it's a factor. I just downloaded a copy of Mischel et al 1989, which talks about some follow-ups. They played with whether they kids would see the rewards-- both the preferred and the less-preferred and also what they were told to think about. If they weren't told to think about anything, then seeing the rewards made it harder. If they're told to think about the reward (i.e. "think about how great it will be to have TWO marshmallows!") then seeing them or not didn't make a difference, but wait times were shorter (i.e. more giving up). But, like you way, if they were told to think about unrelated fun things, it also didn't matter if they could see the rewards or not, but wait times were longer.

(I should note that in the studies, the kids ring the bell to end the study and "give up" and get the dispreferred, rather than just eating the treat, since it's not always an eating-treat, sometimes it was a toy, etc.)
jordanwillow: knitted cuppycakejordanwillow on September 21st, 2009 10:06 pm (UTC)
i needed that. :)