Who: Dr. Walter Mischel
What: “How Mind and Brain Enable Self-Control: The Marshmallow Test and Beyond,” part of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation’s Brain Insight Lectures series
Where: Langston Hughes Auditorium, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Malcolm X Blvd., 917-275-6975
When: Tuesday, May 5, free with advance RSVP here, 6:30
Why: Columbia University psychologist Dr. Walter Mischel, whose Marshmallow Test showed that young children would rather wait for two marshmallows than eat one immediately, will deliver a free public lecture on the brain, temptation, and willpower, in conjunction with the recent release of his latest book, The Marshmallow Test: Mastering Self-Control (Little, Brown, September 2014, $29). As he explains on his Columbia website, “One of our long-term longitudinal studies examines the ways in which the ability to delay gratification, assessed in our laboratory situations in early childhood, predicts a variety of consequential developmental outcomes in the life course and serves as a protective factor against chronic vulnerabilities such as rejection sensitivity.” Advance registration is strongly recommended, because in this case waiting might not yield you a happier outcome.