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Walter Mischel

Prefer an Unmelancholy Dane?

Francis Levy | Posted 11.24.2014 | Books
Francis Levy

Sure there are people who have an endlessly positive and productive worldview. But sometimes this kind of behavior is known as denial.

Self-Control and Success

Art Markman, Ph.D. | Posted 09.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Art Markman, Ph.D.

If you were lucky enough to be born with a high level of self-control as a child, that bodes well for you in the future. But what if you are a "one-marshmallow person," prone to give in to short-term temptations?

Why Schools Must Teach Delayed Gratification

John Thompson | Posted 07.20.2013 | Impact
John Thompson

Regardless of whether learning is undermined by the legacies of poverty and trauma, or the digital distractions of an affluent society, our challenge should be clear.

Is Cake The Key To Teaching Kids Patience?

Pamela Druckerman | Posted 04.22.2013 | Parents
Pamela Druckerman

Patience isn't a fixed quality. It's more like a muscle, which grows stronger with practice. And French kids get a lot of practice.

Promoting Self Control: It Might Not Be What You Think

Ellen Galinsky | Posted 04.22.2012 | Parents
Ellen Galinsky

How do we promote self control? Here are a few ideas from research that show it's not how we might think.

The Stanford Marshmallow Test

Patrick Takahashi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Patrick Takahashi

Perhaps we are overemphasizing Reading, Riting, Rithmetic, when we should be spending more time on the other R's that truly can determine your character: Rigor, Respect, Relevance, Relationship.

How To Predict Your Child's SAT Scores (VIDEO)

John Medina, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
John Medina, Ph.D.

Mischel found that children who could delay gratification for 15 minutes scored 210 points higher on their SATs than children who lasted one minute.

Don't Seal Your Child's Fate Based on a Kindergarten Test!

Ellen Galinsky | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Ellen Galinsky

Children's fate should NOT be sealed by a test they take for Kindergarten admission at age four. Simply put, these tests do not provide a good indication of a child's future.

Marshmallow Test VIDEO: A Reenactment Of Walter Mischel's Child Psychology Test

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy

In the late 1960s, psychologist Walter Mischel performed a series of tests on preschoolers referred to as The Marshmallow Tests. Mischel would give a...

Getting Rich and the Marshmallow

Don McNay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Don McNay

We have a financial system that has played to people's weaknesses. We have allowed people who are prone to instant gratification to have as much credit as they could get their hands on.