The true story of one of the most famous psychology tests ever.

Some 50 years after launching what became known as the Marshmallow Test, Mischel explains the test and its implications. One of the reasons that the test was so unusual, and therefore valuable, was its long-term nature. It correlated certain simple behaviours in young children with their relative success in later life. The nub of these behaviours was self-control. But it turned out not to be a story of predestination. It is possible to teach young people with relatively low self-control techniques to improve their self-control. If society could invest in that, the returns to society would be enormous.

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