Academic journal article Social Behavior and Personality: an international journal

Walter Mischel: February 22, 1930–september 12, 2018

Academic journal article Social Behavior and Personality: an international journal

Walter Mischel: February 22, 1930–september 12, 2018

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Our team at Social Behavior and Personality wishes to recognize the life and achievements of Walter Mischel, one of the 20th century's eminent social psychologists. Dr. Mischel is most widely known for his breakthrough "marshmallow test" which was designed to assess delayed gratification in children-would a preschool child choose to eat one marshmallow immediately or wait from 10 to 20 minutes to receive a better reward of two marshmallows? Mischel found lasting correlations between the child's level of selfcontrol and measures of general success in life. His conclusions were expanded into many other settings, retested, and often critiqued, yet this remains one of the most powerful psychology experiments in the popular imagination.

Walter Mischel received his doctorate working under George Kelly and Julian Rotter at Ohio State University, before establishing his professional career at Colorado, Harvard, and Stanford Universities. …

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