Behavioral and neural correlates of delay of gratification 40 years later.

@article{Casey2011BehavioralAN,
  title={Behavioral and neural correlates of delay of gratification 40 years later.},
  author={B J Casey and Leah H. Somerville and Ian H. Gotlib and Ozlem N Ayduk and Nicholas T. Franklin and Mary K. Askren and John Jonides and Marc G. Berman and Nicole L. Wilson and Theresa Teslovich and Gary Glover and Vivian Zayas and Walter Mischel and Yuichi Shoda},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  year={2011},
  volume={108 36},
  pages={14998-5003}
}
We examined the neural basis of self-regulation in individuals from a cohort of preschoolers who performed the delay-of-gratification task 4 decades ago. Nearly 60 individuals, now in their mid-forties, were tested on "hot" and "cool" versions of a go/nogo task to assess whether delay of gratification in childhood predicts impulse control abilities and sensitivity to alluring cues (happy faces). Individuals who were less able to delay gratification in preschool and consistently showed low self… CONTINUE READING
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