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The Stanford Marshmallow experiment
was a series of experiments conducted by Walter Mischel, who was
then a professor at Stanford University. The experiment was
The Stanford Marshmallow experiment was a series of experiments conducted by Walter Mischel, who was then a professor at Stanford University. The experiment was rather simple in nature, a child was offered a choice. The choice was between an immediate small reward and two small rewards if they waited for a certain prescribed period of time. The experiment was primarily conducted with marshmallows, hence the name. Whats interesting is that follow-up studies showed that the children who waited for the second reward, generally did better in life i.e. better SAT scores, and other life measurement indexes. These children were four to six years of age when the first experiment was conducted.
I like to think that our life is an outcome of choices. That we write destiny as we go. Our actions result in outcomes which result in further actions and the cycle repeats. I also liked to believe these actions get better as the knowledge of them and the effects dawn better with age and experience and perhaps a little wisdom. But this experiment shook the waters under this belief a little. It is amazing and scary to think that the quality of our life due to the choices we make, where almost set in stone at that early of an age. What do you think?