It was part of a Columbia program, and the speaker was the marshmallow test guy.
He has a name, of course–it’s Dr. Walter Mischel–but I knew him as the marshmallow test guy.
Which I thought was a common thing, but apparently it’s not, since my friend who studied psychology hadn’t even heard of the test. (Isn’t it strange the things we assume are universal?) But maybe you’ve heard of him: he did the studies where they offered small children a marshmallow that they could eat now, or they could choose to wait and would be promised 2 marshmallows later.
The test, and the lecture last night, was surrounding willpower and self-control. Read the rest of this entry »