Being able to delay gratification—often considered a predictor of a child’s future success—is as much a question of environment as innate ability, a new study shows.
“This study is an example of both nature and nurture playing a role,” says Richard Aslin, professor of brain and cognitive sciences at the University of Rochester.
“We know that to some extent, temperament is clearly inherited, because infants differ in their behaviors from birth. But this experiment provides robust evidence that young children’s actions are also based on rational decisions about their environment.”
Above, four-year-old Evelyn Rose of Brighton, New York reenacts the marshmallow experiment.
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