The Gummy Worm test

Given a choice between eating a gummy worm now — or waiting and getting two gummy worms — a little girl finds a creative way to control her appetite.

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  1. IIRC, the experimenters in the famous Stanford “marshmallow” test in the 60’s found that the children who were able to delay gratification had a variety of creative strategies to distract themselves successfully until the examiner came back with the second marshmallow.

    This study has been re-examined in recent years, and an interesting similar experiment showed that environment made a huge difference in the child’s ability to wait:

    http://www.rochester.edu/news/show.php?id=4622

    Obviously native impulsivity (or lack of it) is a factor, but
    so are environmental cues that provide young children with a sense of security and order. Some of the research on ADHD suggests that chaotic environments can trigger ADHD-like behaviors and inability to focus attention or develop planning and organizational skills.