How Mind and Brain Enable Self-Control: The Marshmallow Test and Beyond

A session at Learning & the Brain 42: The Science of Character

  • Walter Mischel, PhD

Friday 13th November, 2015

2:30pm to 3:30pm (EST)

This talk will present a summary of key findings from the “Marshmallow Experiments” which examined the mental and brain mechanisms that underlie and enable self-control and delay of gratification. Young children, beginning in preschool, are given a choice between one treat they can have immediately or two that require waiting for periods of up to 20 minutes. The conditions that make this easy or virtually impossible are discussed, and the implications for teaching and enhancing self-control skills are examined and illustrated.

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Walter Mischel, PhD

Niven Professor of Humane Letters in Psychology, Columbia University; Author, "The Marshmallow Test: Mastering Self-Control" (2015)

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Time 2:30pm3:30pm EST

Date Fri 13th November 2015

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