The Stanford marshmallow experiment (wiki) refers to a series of studies on delayed gratification in the late 1960s and early 1970s led by psychologist Walter Mischel, then a professor at Stanford University. In these studies, a child was offered a choice between one small reward (sometimes a marshmallow, but often a cookie or a pretzel, etc.) provided immediately or two small rewards if he or she waited until the experimenter returned (after an absence of approximately 15 minutes). In follow-up studies, the researchers found that children who were able to wait longer for the preferred rewards tended to have better life outcomes, as measured by SAT scores, educational attainment, body mass index (BMI) and other life measures. However, recent work calls into question whether self-control, as opposed to strategic reasoning, determines children's behaviour.
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Comment #1 posted on 2013-10-08 04:27:38 by Stephen
so we are the test subjects?
Do I get two marshmallows for listening to the entire 1.3 hours of ambient sound of walking around by a highway? ;-)
Comment #2 posted on 2013-10-08 21:28:30 by wrl
I laughed so hard when my gPodder downloaded this. I thought waiting for actual content was just to prove a point, then I realized it was just a mistake.
Comment #3 posted on 2013-10-11 07:52:38 by Ken Fallon
What was that ?
At 1:04 in it sounded very much like relief ?
Comment #4 posted on 2013-10-12 12:13:10 by Epicanis
Also, huge bitrate
Ogginfo reports that the file is a 500kbps vorbis file. What the heck happened?
I was also expecting this to be some kind of "meta" thing, with the real content popping up in the middle or the end as a virtual second-marshmallow for listening to a phone rattling around for an hour and a half in a pocket or backpack or wherever it is.
You owe us two marshmallows, Zachary De Santos!
Comment #5 posted on 2013-10-13 15:18:11 by Ken Fallon
The huge bitrate would be my poor encoding.
So I guess, it's I who owes you a marshmallow.
Comment #6 posted on 2013-10-13 16:47:27 by Epicanis
Mind you, the sound quality was fantastic...
I must say, the reproduction at 500kbps Vorbis was flawless. You know, though, you could have gotten the same quality out of a mere 200kbps or so opus file. :-)
If you do find yourself reimbursing us for the marshmallows we are owed, you should at least get Zachary De Santos to cover half of them, since it was, after all, his idea/fault.
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