Professor Quah Hock Gin

(Photo Credit: Priya Bajpal)

It was yet another variant of the famous “Marshmallow” Test. The topical question of instant versus delayed gratification had become the Holy Grail of Behavioural Psychology and Economics. The 4 year olds trooping in were instructed to pick a straw a clip and 2 conch shells. If they could restrain themselves from picking more of any of the assembled objects for five minutes, their share would be doubled. Their reactions and restraints were secretly observed by Quah Hock Gin the greatest living psychologist of his time.

Dr. Gin’s report when completed would topple received wisdom on its head!

(Word Count: 98)

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13 thoughts on “Professor Quah Hock Gin

  1. And received wisdom is? Would a 4-year old hold off immediate gratification for double later?
    Remembering my kids when they were that age, one would have sneaked a second helping behind my back; one would have openly taken at least one more, while the third would have had no problem in waiting.


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