STATE OF AFFAIRS 3/14/11: Dr. Walter Mischel’s groundbreaking study of and conclusions about willpower have been applied to everything from early education to weight loss to saving for retirement. His efforts won him the 2011 Grawemeyer Award for Psychology. This Monday Dr. Mischel joins us to talk about his work, his discoveries, and what he learned from toddlers and marshmallows. Listen to the Show
Mischel designed what’s come to be called “the marshmallow test,” in which preschool children learned to resist an immediate treat of a single marshmallow for the promise of a larger treat later.