The Marshmallow Test
“The marshmallow test,” explains Tierney, was an experiment “where 4-year-olds would be given a marshmallow. They were told they could eat it but if they waited 15 minutes they would get two marshmallows.…The kids who managed to resist the marshmallow did much better in school, did much better in life. That’s what really kicked off the modern self-control movement.”
…willpower is like a muscle. It can be built up and toned through conditioning, and it can be overworked and strained through “decision fatigue.” via Reason.
I think that decision fatigue is my favorite new
word phrase. Sincerely, it is one of the reasons that I cannot play games when I am too tired and it provides explanation for a number of events in my life. John Tierney and Roy F. Baumeister’s new book Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength is out in hardcover.