So is the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man correlated to a crimefighter?
June 2, 2011 9:33 AM Subscribe
Can marshmallows be the link that helps explain falling crime rates and increased environmental cleanliness?
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It seems that falling environmental lead levels may lead kids to have have more activity in their brains' frontal cortices. After following the kids from the marshmallow experiment
for over 40 years, Walter Mischel found that those that could resist immediately eating the marshmallow were more likely to have increased activity in that area of their brains. These kids were also more likely to later exhibit such things as increased SAT scores and fewer anger management issues.
The same ability to distract or control their desires that enabled them to resist eating the marshmallow can also help them prevent their anger from bursting out into violence. Could environmental conservation be
leading to correlated to
not only a cleaner, but indirectly safer world?
Analysis at BoingBoing from a longer Wired article.