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Ignoring Mr. Clown Box

11 Jul


The Mind Report on Bloggingheads has a great discussion between Tamar Gendler and Angela Duckworth that covers both the history of, and the most recent research on, the Stanford marshmallow experiment.

The Stanford marshmallow experiment studied the ability of children to delay gratification; to forgo small immediate rewards in exchange later larger rewards. Here is a CBS news clip that describes the experiment:

Mr. Clown Box was an experimental protocol used by Walter Mischel (the inventor of the marshmallow experiment) to study procrastination. Children were given a repetitive task while a nosy machine (the clown box) tried to distract them. This led to a number of important insights about self control.

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