Re: Marshmallow test

Matthew D. Joanis (x8h1@MUSIC.STLAWU.EDU)
Tue, 15 Oct 1996 19:01:03 -0400

>>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.
The point is still valid regardless of IQ or later success. Besides how is
success defined?


Matthew D. Joanis '98
St. Lawrence University
"Ipsa scientia potestas est"