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Environmental Reliability

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An updated marshmallow test reveals that deferred gratification is heavily influenced by our perception of our environment's reliability.

(Video: YouTube)

Commentary #

Researchers at the University of Rochester have published a new study that shows that performance on the classic marshmallow experiment is influenced by perceptions of environmental reliability.

The major impact of this study is that deferred gratification is now shown to be mediated by the environment instead of being a "personality trait".

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