May 2, 2012

Marshmallow Test: Max Level Cuteness

Okay, I know I may have been posting too much Igniter Media's video lately, but these kids are so cute!!!

Seriously, you have to look at the first kid and see his oh-my-goodness-so-cute face looking at that marshmallow and waiting to eat it all away. He's too cute!!

Look at his face.. Awwwww..

The first boy is the cutest. So stressed from holding himself back from finishing that little marshie. The last girl is also soooo adorable. All the kids in the clip appear to show some self-restrain but the last kid seems to be ignoring the lady's instruction. She ate the marshmallow after she saw it straightaway, even when the lady was still around.

It's like seeing two opposites in a short time frame of a 3-minute video, which I think perfectly describes human natural reaction toward reward system and impulse control. There's this famous psychological research about children and their inborn characteristic in delaying gratification, which I think is this video's source of inspiration.

The 1972's Stanford marshmallow experiment is quite esteemed in the psychological world. The research idea is a pioneer in its field, which deals on the correlation between a child's self-control in delaying short-term reward and future success. 600 kids aged between 4 to 6 years old were involved in the study, and they found that those minority who ate the marshmallow straightaway didn't do really well in their SAT scores 18 years later.

You can find out more about the experiment here.

Interesting result? There are plenty other similar research that attempt to simulate this one, and the result's still tentative. At the end of the day, no one can ever ascertain that character is developed by nature or nurture. Not even Einstein.

Video courtesy of Igniter Media