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A New Study Says the Marshmallow Test Is Awful at Predicting Which Kids Will Be Successful But Great at Identifying Kids With Rich Parents

Simple, easy to understand, easy to apply: Researchers said the test indicated the likelihood of a child’s future success. Higher SAT scores. Better social skills. Less likelihood of obesity and substance abuse. Delaying gratification — holding out while the researcher left the room and not eating the first marshmallow — was the reason those kids turned out to be more successful. 

The original study followed approximately 90 kids who were all enrolled in a preschool on the Stanford campus (conveniently for the Stanford researcher.) A new, larger study — involving kids from a much broader range of races, ethnicities, parent backgrounds, etc. — reveals that kids who wait to get two marshmallows instead of giving in and eating the first one tend to come from wealthier households.

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