Delayed Tolerance App
To learn more about the marshmallow task, read: Mischel, W., Ayduk, O., Berman, M. G., Casey, B. J., Gotlib, I. H., Jonides, J., & Shoda, Y. (2010). ‘Willpower’over the life span: decomposing self-regulation. Social cognitive and affective neuroscience, 6(2), 252-256.
Deficits in self-control are of major public health relevance as they contribute to several negative outcomes for both individuals and society. For children, developing self-control is a critically important step toward success in academic settings and social relationships, yet there are few nonpharmacological approaches that have been successful in increasing self-control. We found in our earlier studies that self-control can be increased in preschool-aged children with high impulsivity by using games by which they practice gradually increasing delays to larger, more delayed rewards.
The period of time the study will last depends on which group your child is assigned to, based on which the total length of time will be 6 months or 4.5 months. The actual game practice will be for 3-5 sessions per week for about 5-6 weeks. There will be assessments conducted before and after, as well as after a 3 month follow up period has elapsed. Additionally, for some children there will be a 6-week waiting period and an additional assessment after this has elapsed.
If you have questions, or would like to participate, please contact the research team:
2825 50th Street, Sacramento, CA 95817
PI: Julie Schweitzer, Ph.D.