Marshmallow test points to biological basis for delayed gratification

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via Marshmallow test points to biological basis for delayed gratification.

The original Mischel study showed a robust relationship between ability to delay gratification in early childhood and later success – as measured by graduation rates, income, incarceration rates etc. (see YouTube videos for recent reenactments).  Recent research by BJ Casey and colleagues suggests that these differences in self-control continue into adulthood and reflect distinct neural patterns.

 

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