Friday, May 30, 2014

Overcoming the Weakness of Will - Walter Mischel

The most sincere resolutions to exert willpower—to diet, stop smoking, control anger—too often turn into failed good intentions. Beginning decades ago with Mischel’s “marshmallow test” experiments on delay of gratification with preschoolers, this lecture unpacks the conditions that enable self-control, and the basic cognitive and brain mechanisms that underlie resistance to temptation and the regulation of emotions. Mischel examines the implications of these discoveries for mastering self-control in everyday life, public policy, and the conception of human nature.

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