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Desrtopa comments on A New Interpretation of the Marshmallow Test - Less Wrong

73 Post author: elharo 05 July 2013 12:22PM

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Comment author: Desrtopa 04 July 2013 02:43:21PM 15 points [-]

I read the experiment with adults who renege on their promises some time ago, and my reaction was along the lines of "seriously, the kids would have to be idiots to take them at their words after all this."

There's no point in engaging one's ability to delay gratification for a reward that almost certainly isn't coming.

Comment author: [deleted] 09 July 2013 03:26:47PM 3 points [-]

For some value of "almost certainly". If you value one marshmallow fifteen minutes from now 0.95 times as much as one right now, and you're 90% sure you won't get a second marshmallow, you still are better off in average by waiting.