Summary of The Marshmallow Test

Looking for the book?
We have the summary! Get the key insights in just 10 minutes.

The Marshmallow Test book summary
Start getting smarter:
or see our plans

Rating

9 Overall

9 Applicability

8 Innovation

8 Style


Recommendation

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,” which challenges small children to try to wait before eating a single marshmallow long enough to earn a second marshmallow. 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. His 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 and
  • How to improve your self-control.
 

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.

 

Summary

“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, immediately, or earning “two rewards,” like two marshmallows, if they could wait 20 minutes.


More on this topic

Customers who read this summary also read

Supernormal
Supernormal
9
Felt Time
Felt Time
8
Not Buying It
Not Buying It
8
Be Like Amazon
Be Like Amazon
8
How Cool Brands Stay Hot
How Cool Brands Stay Hot
8
Girl, Wash Your Face
Girl, Wash Your Face
8

Related Channels

Comment on this summary