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The Ongoing Controversy Over the Marshmallow Test

The legendary psychological experiment measured self-discipline, but its findings are squishy

Erman Misirlisoy, PhD
Elemental
Published in
11 min readOct 29, 2019

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ItIt has achieved legendary status as a psychology experiment, but for those who need a refresher: Around 50 years ago, the psychologist Walter Mischel and his colleagues at Stanford University began testing the patience of…

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Erman Misirlisoy, PhD
Elemental

Research Leader (Ex-Instagram / Chief Scientist at multiple startups). Author of the User Insight Newsletter: https://userinsight.substack.com/