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The Marshmallow Test

Are Marshmallows a Fair Indicator of Success?

If you failed the marshmallow test when you were a kid, chances are you won't see success, according to a study by psychologist Walter Mischel. Researchers place the white, fluffy sweet on a plate and tell the kids to either eat the marshmallow now or wait for a moment to eat two marshmallows. It's apparently a great indicator of impulse control, which is a good predictor of SAT scores. In fact, those who chose the delayed gratification path scored 210 more points than those who succumbed to the allures of the yummy marshmallows. Do you think this is a smart test to measure a person's chances of succeeding?

Check out the cute video below of a professor who carried out this experiment:

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amber512 amber512 6 years
I love all of the pretend bites! I especially love the little girl who doesn't even listen long enough to learn there will be another one, and then doesn't stop even after hearing that! lol
janneth janneth 6 years
Adorable.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 6 years
So cute. The children were precious. Truthfully, I think I would have passed the marshmallow test. I didn't like marshmallows when I was young (I still don't). I probably wouldn't eat the second piece they would have given me. Now if they stuck a piece of chocolate on the plate, then that would have been a different story. LOL
le-romantique le-romantique 6 years
I passed the marshmallow test but never took the SAT in high school ... I'm living my dream life though, so I guess the marshmallows helped somehow!
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