This lecturer must have a PhD in “completely missing the point.” She assumes that the only reason a child could resist a marshmallow is because they don’t like marshmallows. It’s an even greater leap away from logic to assume that the dislike of marshmallows has any link to superior intelligence. Or she’s just into conspoiracy theories.
The Stanford marshmallow experiment tested children’s ability to delay gratification in exchange for a larger reward. Those who were able to control their temptation later had better SAT scores, educational achievement, and were healthier than those who succumbed to the lure of immediate gratification.
This is the latest comic from Zach Weinersmith at Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal.