The Marshmallow Test

marshmallow testOver 50 years ago, Stanford did a famous experiment called the Marshmallow Experiment.  Rather than type out all the details, just watch this video to get the idea.

This experiment has proved to be very significant.  They have been able to follow the children who participated for decades.  Children who were able to wait more successfully had better outcomes in all kinds of things, including education, physical and mental health, and social skills.

Why?  Newer studies show that this experiment uses areas of the brain called the pre-frontal cortex, which is responsible for executive functioning skills.


Paige Hays is an occupational therapist who provides in-home, pediatric occupational therapy services in the south metro area of the Twin Cities, MN. She is a mother of 2 girls, avid DIYer, and a highly skilled and experienced OT. She specializes in working in pediatrics, with diverse expertise ranging from cognition and sensory issues to working with children with neuromuscular disabilities or complex medical needs.