Marshmallow Test

One of the 4 classes I’m taking this semester is Educational Psych.  It sounded like it was going to be an interesting class, but so far, it has been mostly review of General & Exceptional Child Psych so it’s really nothing new.  I’ve had the professor before and it’s the exact same, predictable structure as far as the class goes, which makes it even easier.

I have to share a funny video we watched when we were learning about Emotional Intelligence (which is knowing one’s own emotions and how to manage them, along with recognizing others’ emotions and knowing how to handle them).  One part of managing your emotions is having impulse control, or delaying gratification.

This video is a reenactment of an experiment done in the 1960’s with 4-year-old children.  It is a simple way, yet effective way to test their emotional intelligence.  You’ll see what I mean.

Even if you aren’t interested in psychology, or learning about emotional intelligence, you have to watch this video!  It is too funny to see how the kids respond.

Would you eat the marshmallow right away or wait a few minutes and in turn, get TWO marshmallows?  Your decision truly says a lot about you.

Are there some times in our life when we choose to eat the marshmallow NOW instead of waiting?  What do we miss out on when we choose to do that?  Just something to think about.  Impulse control is an important trait to possess!





2 responses to “Marshmallow Test”

  1. Ashleyredburn Avatar
    How many minutes did they have to wait? I would love to try this with my boys…although they are 6 years old, I can still almost for sure tell you what the outcome would be for each of them!
    1. Mindy Avatar
      I don’t know, but I would guess less than 5 minutes! Ha, that’s interesting! I’m sure it would still work on 6-year-olds.

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