Watching Cookie Monster Can Improve A Child's Self-Control

December 1, 2014 7:43 PM

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Last year, "Sesame Street" began a curriculum of self-regulation, in which Cookie Monster waits before guzzling cookies. Deborah L. Linebarger at the University of Iowa Children's Media Lab led a study using these new clips to see if children would mimic Cookie Monster's good behavior.

They were then given the Marshmallow Test, where children are placed in front of a marshmallow and told they could get another treat if they wait a certain amount of time -- as long as they do not eat the first marshmallow. This tests a person's ability to delay gratification. Studies have shown tha...

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