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Friday, September 18, 2009

Marshmallow willpower


Have you ever heard of the psychology experiment about willpower, where a professor would give one marshmallow to a child and tell them that if they waited to eat it until he got back, they could have two? The New Yorker ran a great story about it, and now this hilarious video shows kids having the same struggles. Oh, the temptation!

(Video by Steve V, via Swissmiss)

87 comments:

katie said...

CUTE! THOSE LITTLE FACES!

Sunshine Sarah said...

Very very funny! And interesting though... :D

Alicia said...

So adorable!

alishaneva said...

Thanks for sharing! That is very interesting!

erin said...

saw this the other day and had tears streaming down my cheeks. so incredibly cute.

Anonymous said...

There is a great Radio Lab podcast about this too.. good stuff..
congrats on your amazing honeymoon!

Laura Trevey said...

So cute!!
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Cara said...

What a darling video! I loved it!

charlotte elizabeth said...

still laughing.. the report is pretty good to :)

Joanna Goddard said...

haha, i know, it was making me laugh out loud!

Torie Jayne said...

Hi, I read about this in the paper this week, but never got round to viewing the video! Thanks for sharing, so cute! Have a sweet weekend! x

SK said...

oh my goodness they are ADORABLE!!! i watched it without the sound but couldn't contain my laughter!

Stevi said...

That is so adorable! I especially love the little boy that keeps smelling it! I would totally do that.

lealou said...

ha so cute! I love the little girl at the end who starts eating it before the woman even leaves the room :)

peachey said...

i remember the new yorker article. this video is great. i love those who pretend to or act out the eating in anticipation!

ink and post said...

This article is fascinating... thanks for the link!

AngelaBeth said...

BAHAHAHHA Does that one kid KISS it?!?!?!? HAHAHAH

Stephanie said...

I saw another video of this once where a little girl would put the marshmallow in her mouth, then spit it out and put it back on the plate. At first, it looked fine, but eventually, it turned into a gooey blob and she started to get nervous.

Too cute. And I agree, the ones who mime eating are my favorites!

Blue Is Bleu said...

That's just adorable! That last little boy was the best... I'd have been exactly like him I believe lol

Sal said...

Hahaha! Those kids are trying SO HARD!

B a la Moda said...

OMG!!! What a great experiment!! i loved the video. Kids are funny. They want it all but they have to be patience sometimes. Thanks for sharing.
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Retro Threadz said...

That was the cutest ever, what temptations for those lil guys. very cute indeed

Jennifer said...

that is too funny! now i want some marshmallows (i think i'll go eat 2 right now :)

Kaijuu said...

cuuuuuuuuuute ^___^

Mary-Laure said...

You know, I did hear about this on NPR recently - on Fresh Air I think...?
Since then, I've been wondering: how would I have done on the test?

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I love the kid who eats both at once! poor thing was gonna have a nervous break down.looooool

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Melissa Blake said...

GREAT! There is something very mighty about those tiny marshmallows. :)

christine louise said...

I have seen this before, but I will watch it again. So. freaking. adorable.

vanessa joie said...

I love this. I reposted it on my blog. Have a beautiful weekend!

dominika said...

So HILARIOUS! I can't stop laughing. How these little marshmallows can be tempting! I'll eat it, not waiting for the second. Joanna, you have such great photos from your honeymoon! Love them all!

sarah said...

ahh. just made my day. this is lovely. thanks for the link. i love the little girl who partially eats it. hilarious!

Claire said...

You can see their brains on overdrive. That redhaired girl never stood a chance though.

mina said...

I want to know what all the other kids did! I saw this on a documentary once but it was with gummy bears or something and not as adorable.

Amanda said...

ohmygosh...they are so cute! this totally made my last few minutes at work MUCH more fun :)

Brit said...

This is hilarious! Funny how they touch it, and smell it... and oh the funny faces! :)

SimplyGrove said...

Oh my heavens!!! I laughed soooo hard!!!!! The precious little red head couldnt even wait!!! xx

Antonio Barros said...

This is soooo evil!! Poor little kids! But it was hilarious and cute at the same time! I love it!

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Amy said...

I saw this the other day and thought it was great. The faces the kids make and how many of them smell the marshmallow.

Her name was Lola said...

Their little reactions are too precious! One of the sweeter videos I've seen on the internet.

P.S. My Alex + I are having a pizza night too. The best. Enjoy the weekend!

Cheers.

kaunis said...

haha, I love the little bot at 2:50, so cute! haha, know I want a mashmellow!

jean goddard said...

Oh my gosh, adorable!

Elisa Mary said...

this. is. adorable. the little blonde boy makes me think of my nephew - precious!

Bonnie, Original Art Studio said...

Delightful to watch little ones exercise their newly developing impulse control. It's very hard to delay gratification at that age. Too cute.

The Fab Miss B said...

oh dear lord! LOVED the little fellow with the buzzed haircut. And the JOY when he got number two and gobbled them up. Thanks for the giggle.

Claire said...

That is brilliant and made me laugh a lot. Props to the little one who just stuffed it in her mouth before the lady even left!!

Polly R said...

I have seen this experiment before a few years ago, but on a different programme in England. I love it! So funny and cute xx

Dania said...

this is hilarious!!! i love it!!!

Jessica / Lola Vintage Clothing said...

Sooooo Cute! Thank you for sharing! I'll have to share this too now. :)

K said...

Really cute! It reminds me of my baby brother trying to lie about how many pieces of candy he ate to get more, LOL. Kids, they are so much fun!

sarah said...

i have never laughed that hard! so great!

OpusMuse said...

ah yes, the good old marshmallow temptation, i love it. it shows how much determination a child have when they want to. i should try this experiment on my 3yr old & see what happens ;)

Anne said...

This is just too funny! LOL

Sarah's Fab Day said...

My children are go (and went) to the local university for preschool. The students that attend the school sometimes participate in research and I got to see my 3 year old doing this first hand. We stepped out of the room and he had to wait by himself for 5 minutes before he could eat his M&M's. An eternity for a 3 year old. He couldn't make it the whole time so he rang the bell for us to come back early. Funny what kids will do to try to resist!

Karin said...

I think if I had been given this test (temptation) when I was little the panelists would be shocked...because, although I loved sweets, I wasn't that fond of marshmallows. I could have sat there all day! Now, if they had placed a bowl of ice cream in front of me, I'd be chomping at the bit to get my hands on it...lol!

a moment i treasure said...

thanks for posting this...i haven't laughed so hard at one of these videos in a loooong time! :D

Paige said...

Aww! That was too cute...and very interesting!

carina said...

ahaha that is the funniest thing ever. I need to watch it again, and again, and again

Marie-Eve said...

This little blond boy is just adorable and very determined. That is funny to see that little girl who ate the marshmallow immediately when it was in her plate!

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I'll have to try that with my kids,haha. That age is tooo cute!

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