Cognitive and attentional mechanisms in delay of gratification.

@article{Mischel1972CognitiveAA,
  title={Cognitive and attentional mechanisms in delay of gratification.},
  author={Walter Mischel and Ebbe B. Ebbesen and Antonette Raskoff Zeiss},
  journal={Journal of personality and social psychology},
  year={1972},
  volume={21 2},
  pages={
          204-18
        }
}
Three experiments investigated attentional and cognitive mechanisms in delay of gratification In each study preschool children could obtain a less preferred reward immediately or continue waiting indefinitely for a more preferred but delayed reward Experiment I compared the effects of external and cognitive distraction from the reward objects on the length of time which preschool children waited for the preferred delayed reward before forfeiting it for the sake of the less preferred immediate… 

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