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The Marshmallow Test

February 14, 2012

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.

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4 Comments
  1. February 15, 2012 5:23 am

    Get some rest. Then you’ll realize that ‘decision fatigue’ is two words, alternatively known as a phrase. 😉

    • 3Suns permalink*
      February 15, 2012 3:14 pm

      LOL

      And @RoBBins, thanks for the heads-up. Blank was saying yesterday on skype that it is indeed Raven Down! By the way, I don’t know why those messages weren’t approved immediately. That e-mail address is already registered as post and comment author. Anyway, sorry for the inconvenience.

  2. RoBBins0096 permalink*
    February 15, 2012 10:41 am

    OT: New Gears 3 DLC will be revealed this Thursday night on SPIKE.

    http://epicgames.com/community/2012/02/gears-of-war-3-dlc-preview-tomorrow-on-gttv/

    Pause the video on the first map shown for the DLC. (the snowy one) — Am I crazy or does that look very similar to Raven Down??

  3. RoBBins0096 permalink*
    February 15, 2012 10:43 am

    OT: New Gears 3 DLC will be revealed this Thursday night on SPIKE.

    http://epicgames.com/community/2012/02/gears-of-war-3-dlc-preview-tomorrow-on-gttv/

    Pause the video when the first map of the DLC preview is shown. Am I crazy for thinking that map looks very similar to Raven Down??

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