Summary of The Marshmallow Test

Mastering Self-Control

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What if a simple test could predict how well a child would do in school, work and relationships…and it only demands saying no to a marshmallow?


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Cognition researcher Walter Mischel offers a useful, accessible report to give readers a greater understanding of the role of self-control and how it relates to crucial mental attributes. He starts by describing the “Marshmallow Test,” wherein small children were challenged to try to wait before eating a single marshmallow long enough to earn two marshmallows. He integrates other authorities’ scientific studies on self-control, links the data to solving real-world problems and explains how individual Marshmallow Test results predicted kids’ future success. He also gives you a greater understanding of the role of self-control and how it relates to crucial mental attributes and to control of harmful habits. getAbstract finds that this lucid book will please those who want to help kids succeed, to learn how the mind functions or to improve their self-control.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How the “Marshmallow Test” challenges children’s self-control
  • How its results relate to their future success
  • How to improve your self-control


“The Marshmallow Test”
In the 1960s, cognitive-science researcher Walter Mischel began a series of studies – known as the Marshmallow Test – at Stanford University’s Bing Nursery School. Mischel’s research team gave preschoolers a choice between earning “one reward,” such as a marshmallow...
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About the Author

The co-author of Introduction to Personality, Walter Mischel is a professor of humane letters in psychology at Columbia University. He has written more than 200 scientific papers.

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