The marshmallow test: can children learn self-control?

The marshmallow test is a psychology test from the 1960s designed to test the concept of delayed gratification in a child.  The theory goes that a child that has the self-control to delay enjoying a treat on the basis of a promise of an improved treat later is likely to be more successful later in life.

Here, The Telegraph’s Harry Wallop puts the challenge to two young girls.


I think that the last time I ate a marshmallow was when my bothers and I used to toast them over an open fire at Beaver and Cub Camp.

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