Re: Marshmallow test

John McCreery (jlm@TWICS.COM)
Tue, 15 Oct 1996 23:24:26 +0900

>I had to post the marshmallow test to a few friends who brought up the
>following point:
> Beth brings up a very valid point which anthropolists or statisticians
> should not overlook. That is of course the fact that there may be a
> correlation between those kids who just don't like marshmellows and
> those that like them too much. Perhaps a quick study of this would
> help to prove the theory that IQ is based on the degree to which a
> child likes marshmellows.

Dear Stephanie,

With due respect to your friend she missed the point. The marshmallow test
is NOT correlated with IQ. It is more strongly correlated than IQ with
later life success both academic and otherwise.

John McCreery
3-206 Mitsusawa HT, 25-2 Miyagaya, Nishi-ku
Yokohama 220, JAPAN

"And the Lord said unto Cyrus, 'Shall the clay say to him who moldest it,
what makest thou? Let the potsherd of the earth speak to the potsherd of
the earth." --An anthropologist's credo