Tuber of the Week #22: Self-Control


Super blogger Erin over at the Fierce Beagle sent me this humorous video awhile back.

After laughing at some of the kid test subjects trying to resist the temptation of marshmallows, it dawned on me that many adults would struggle as well with the researchers' "deal."



The depicted study is also discussed in this New Yorker magazine article.

Note: Erin saw this originally on the blog A Cup of Jo.

13 comments:

Stephanie Faris said...

I would have had no problem waiting. Now if that marshmallow had been a chocolate chip cookie...

Reggie said...

Ohhhhh, I could SOOO feel their pain... I too could almost SMELL the irresistible sweet aroma of that marshmallow...

That was adorable. Thanks for sharing it with us. I was giggling all the way through.

But, like Stephanie said - if that had been a chocolate chip cookie, or a capuccino muffin, it wouldn't have stood a chance!!

Sigh...

Ooooh! Speaking of which, I've just remembered that I have a muffin waiting for me for tea-time!!! YAYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!

Javajune said...

That was too funny-poor kids. I have very little wil-power when it comes to sweets.
Regarding your comment: I think you're right the Navejo were on to something...
Happy thanksgiving
xo-jj

Erin said...

I just love the tortured anguish on some of their faces.

thelocalguide said...

poor kids!
I don't know if you believe it but i've never had a marshmallow! O.o

Never found anywhere selling them!

Ann T. said...

Dear Slamdunk,
Hey, how long did those kids have to wait?
with no outside stimulus and supposed to stay in their chairs?
I couldn't do it for a minute!!

But that one boy made it. I felt like he should get a better prize than a second marshmallow!!

Way cute!
Ann T.

Slamdunk said...

@ Ann: Ha, you are right, it does not say how long they had to wait. The article on previous experiments just says "a few minutes."

I wonder what the experiment would like if dogs were used instead of kids?

Ann T. said...

Dear Slamdunk,
I had a dog that would have stayed, for long, lonely minutes. She was the best dog, ever, but, her reward would have been tuna fish or something great like that.

Hmm, if tuna fish was left on the plate, however, I don't know . . .

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Ann T.

Slamdunk said...

@ Ann T.: Sounds like my Springer Spaniel (the one in my avatar) could have learned discipline from your dog. My old K-9 pal would have flunked that test quickly.

Happy Thanksgiving back at you.

Sandra G. said...

That was awesome. Those kids - priceless!

chrystal said...

I loved that one little girl who didn't even pretend to wait--who was already eating it before the woman was out of the room. Such a good parallel to sin in our lives. Thanks for sharing.

Slamdunk said...

Excellent point Chrystal--I had not thought of it that way.

Anastasia said...

This made *me* want a marshmallow!