Contact: Susan Hagen
University of Rochester
Caption: For the past four decades, the "marshmallow test" has served as a classic experimental measure of children’s self-control: will a preschooler eat one of the fluffy white confections now or hold out for two later? Now a new study demonstrates that being able to delay gratification is influenced as much by the environment as by innate ability.
Credit: Matthew Mann/University of Rochester
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