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Try to Resist Misinterpreting the Marshmallow Test

Keith Payne and Paschal Sheeran: While it may be tempting to think that achievement is due to either socioeconomic status or self-control, we have known for some time that it’s more complicated than that. Early research with the marshmallow test helped pave the way for later theories about how poverty undermines self-control. We should resist the urge to confuse progress for failure.

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