Category Archives: Behavior

Still Misunderstanding The Marshmallow Test

If you don’t know what the marshmallow test is, here’s an explanation (boldface mine): The marshmallow test is a famous psychological experiment intended to measure children’s self control. A researcher places a tasty treat — often a marshmallow — before … Continue reading

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A Question About That Democratic Versus Republican Brains Paper

So this paper, “Red Brain, Blue Brain: Evaluative Processes Differ in Democrats and Republicans” has been making the rounds. I’ve been skeptical of the ‘political brain’ literature before–which, by the way, led me to defend conservatives. Just saying. My suspicion … Continue reading

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On Marshmallows, Technique, and ‘Getting Technical’

Study reenactment: Evelyn Rose, 4 of Brighton, N.Y., participates in a reenactment of the marshmallow experiment used in a University of Rochester study published in the journal Cognition. The study was conducted at the University of Rochester Baby Lab. By … Continue reading

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