marshmallow test

[ mahrsh-mel-oh test, -mal-oh ]
/ ˈmɑrʃˌmɛl oʊ ˌtɛst, -ˌmæl oʊ /

noun Psychology.

an experiment in which self-control is assessed through whether the subject, usually a child, chooses to eat a presented treat, such as a marshmallow or cookie, for immediate gratification or chooses to wait in order to get an additional, promised treat.

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Also called Stan·ford marsh·mal·low ex·per·i·ment [stan-ferd mahrsh-mel-oh ik-sper-uh-muhnt, -mal-oh]. /ˈstæn fərd ˈmɑrʃˌmɛl oʊ ɪkˌspɛr ə mənt, -ˌmæl oʊ/.

Origin of marshmallow test

First recorded in 1965–70; developed by Austrian-born U.S. psychologist Walter Mischel (1930–2018) at Stanford University
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