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Don’t Get Hangry: Feed Your Brain Healthy Food: Brad Bushman at TEDxColumbus (Full Transcript)

Brad Bushman

Brad Bushman – TRANSCRIPT

Hello. It’s a great honor to give this talk today.

How many of you would like to be successful in life? Raise your hand. All right? Well actually, the two most important keys to success in life are: intelligence, and self control. Guess which one you can do the most about. Self control, right?

There are pills to cure just about everything, but unfortunately, there are no pills to cure low levels of intelligence. My talk is going to focus on self-control.

In the 1960s and ’70s, a Stanford psychologist developed an ingenious way to measure self-control in children. He put a marshmallow in front of them, and told the kids, “You can eat it now if you want, but if you wait until I come back, you can have two marshmallows.” He tested hundreds of kids, and then did follow-up tests on them decades later. And what he found is that kids who waited for two marshmallows, were much more successful in life. They had higher standardized test scores, they were more likely to graduate from college, they had happier marriages, lower divorce rates, lower obesity rates.

The kids who ate one marshmallow immediately, they all went to jail. Just kidding, just kidding. They didn’t go to jail. But in one of these studies, the researchers found that the kids who waited for two marshmallows, had more activity in the pre-frontal cortex. That’s the part of your brain in charge of, thinking, reasoning, and emotional control. Psychologists call these ‘executive functions.’

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