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Over simplified marshmallow

Posted on: March 20, 2019


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Even though I might have referred to the marshmallow study a few times in the past, I misrepresented it. I simply passed on what I had heard instead of being more critical and nuanced.

In 2014, I learnt that the original study was less about how childhood traits like self-control (delaying gratification) were predictors of adult success. It was more about the children’s coping mechanisms and decision-making. The researcher behind the study, Walter Mischel, said so.

The press, YouTube video creators, and even Sesame Street do not always get it right, especially there seems to be an obvious link. If they take the bait instead of exploring nuance, they put marshmallow in the horse’s mouth and end up with egg in their faces.

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