What you can learn from a marshmallow.
It's an age old dilemma; we stare at a plate of chocolate chip cookies after eating just one. We know well that's all we should eat, but the impulse kicks in and we have another. And another. Science tells us how this lack of control will affect us long-term, and it's not just about your waistline.
Impulsive behaviors are often associated with children and adults with autism or ADHD. At times, they lack self-control. Impulsiveness is simply acting without forethought. There is no cause-and-effect rationale with impulsivity; in most instances, this population does not understand the consequences of their impulsive behaviors. The importance of developing self-control or self-regulation has been studied for more than 50 years.
In the late 1960s, psychologist Walter Mischel from Stanford University did an experiment on...