The Marshmallow Test & Willpower


Are you familiar with the marshmallow test? A researcher would give one marshmallow to a child and tell them he was leaving the room—if they waited to eat it until he got back, they could have two. The New Yorker ran a great story about it last week, and we’ve been talking about it ever since.

Aron would totally be able to wait, by the way, whereas I would probably eat it within the first few seconds! What do you think you would do?

[Illustration by Barry Blitt for The New Yorker]

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