One Marshmallow, Two Marshmallow or A Million?

Eyes on a marshmallow , sweating as an ice bar, imagine that your cravings for eating that marshmallow is increasing as high as high in oslo. What would be your action? Most probably your answer would be as a shark deciding to eat everything around it. What if you get another marshmellow if your patience doesn’t break until a specific amount of time?

Now what resolution would take place in your mind? Would it be same? A related study was conducted by Mischel , Ebbesen and Zeiss (1972) on children in a controlled environment called as Standford Marshmallow Experiment . In this study, individual child was being offered a single marshmallow to eat in a condition of getting another one if they do not eat the first one within 15 minutes. As a result, that profitable deal provoked each child to wait with patience in order to get another one as benefit. Most interestingly, larger amount of participants was not being able to suppress their unquenchable thirst for the first marshmallow.

Observing individual’s behavior, scientists found some children being intolerant, covered their eyes with their hands, rested their heads on their arms, averting their eyes from the reward objects etc. in follow up studies, scientists found that those who were able to control frustration and keep patience longer tended to have a better life outcomes, as measured by SAT scores. It also indicates that not thinking about a reward enhances the ability to delay indulgence, rather than focusing attention on the future reward understanding that temporary result is comparatively a dead duck indeed.

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