I will be back soon. When I get back you can have a second one, if you leave it alone
155, 20 year old participants
Exp 1: 59 participants already classified as high or low delayers, consented to take part in a behavioural version of a “hot” and “cool” impulse control task.
135, 30 year old participants
The “cool” version of the task consisted of male and female stimuli which were presented, one sex as a “go” stimulus to which participants were instructed to press a button, and the other sex as a “no-go” stimulus to which participants were instructed to withhold a button press.
The “hot” version of the go/no-go task was identical to the “cool” version except that fearful and happy facial expressions served as stimuli.
High Delayers: Kids who were able to delay gratification (resist temptation)
Inferior frontal gyrus
Ability to delay gratification involves cognitive but also depends on the mature of the stimulus
Low Delayers: Kids who were unable to delay gratification
Resistance to temptation is a relatively stable individual characteristic.
Individuals aged 4 who had difficulty delaying gratification continued to show reduced impulse control as adults