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Who knew torturing children could be so cute?

September 15, 2009


This is the cutest thing I’ve seen in a long time (Vimeo won’t embed on WordPress, so you have to follow the link – see after the jump).  There was a story on WNYC’s RadioLab about torturing adorable children with the presence of a marshmallow, with the promise that if they waited to eat it they would get a second marshmallow.  The first experiment was done in the 60s or the 70s, so I don’t think this is the original video, but it’s just as cute.  I mean, the girl at 2:15!!!!!

According to they guy they interviewed on RadioLab, children under the age of 4 couldn’t understand delayed gratification and wouldn’t wait.  Over the age of four, they’d wait at least a little bit.  What’s more, he went back 15 years or so later and found that there was a significant relationship between how long a child could wait for the marshmallow and how high their SAT scores were.  Significant, as in around 100 points difference. Something else parents have to worry about.

Link to video: Oh, The Temptation from Steve V on Vimeo.

The RadioLab show is here.

One Comment leave one →
  1. fiercefab permalink
    November 12, 2009 3:42 am

    Painful! I would have at least licked mine.

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