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review 2017-05-31 01:20
Review: Scientific Secrets for Self Control (The Great Courses)
Scientific Secrets for Self-Control - Professor C. Nathan DeWall

Quick review for a quick read. This isn't the first "Great Courses" audiobook I've listened to, but it was one of the ones I was most disappointed by. A shame because the topic is very fascinating in terms of how self-control is regulated by the brain. It touches on several topics with support from several studies: brain injury and how it affects self control, mental energy and fatigue, dietary influences in brain energy, making decisions, how fatigue factors into difficult topics, self control and finances, etc. I found that I wasn't really the biggest fan of the audio lecturer. His dictation didn't feel immersive/enthusiastic about the topic and the transitions between topics weren't as smooth from lecture to lecture as I would've hoped. I did have a few takeaways for the knowledge base and topics this series of lecture covered, but not enough for the time and energy that it took for me to move through this audio course (which was well over 3 hours).

Overall score: 2/5 stars.

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review 2016-02-22 00:25
"Clark the Shark" By: Bruce Hale
Clark the Shark - Bruce Hale

In this story a shark must learn to use self control in the classroom, he learns to control himself by making up rhymes when he gets to excited. This story could be used in the beginning of the year when making rules or for any child who has problems with self control. When learning rhyming words this book could also be an asset. 


Interest Level

Grades PreK - 1

Reading Level

Grade level Equivalent: 2.7

Lexile® Measure:AD420L

DRA: 24

Guided Reading: M

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review 2014-11-15 01:05
Would you wait for the marshmallows?
The Marshmallow Test: Self-Control Demystified - Walter Mischel

In an experiment that is now well-known, researchers tested the self-control of children that were presented with a treat (marshmallows, Oreos, etc.). The premise was simple. Could they wait 20 minutes or so and therefore get extra treats to eat later? Or did they lack the patience and eat them anyway?


Researchers found that this translated to later development: the children who waited (for however long) were more likely to be described as more disciplined in school, have higher SAT scores, have a lower BMI as adults as as having distinctly different brain scans later in life. Working backwards, the researchers also found that this happened with younger children too. Babies and toddlers who could comfort themselves with toys or other distractions when separated from a parent would become marshmallow-waiters.


That said, Mischel emphasizes that this is not fate and describes how people who might have initially tested as being more impatient may have found ways of coping, strategies to change, etc. These involve role-playing scenarios, positive thinking, thinking through one's actions to the end result, etc.


In part two he gets into more science-y jargon which I found boring. Part 1 (which summarizes most of the findings and walks through the experiments) was very conversational, very interesting. But Part 2 lost me.


In Part 3 Mischel then tries to translate the results to larger world settings. How can schools and the educational system help teach children such skills? He clearly shows how slightly older children (8-10 were the ages of the children when Mischel first meets/talks to them) than those in the Marshmallow Experiment (who are around pre-school age) can adapt and change, but it involves their own personal desires plus a little bit of outside help (in this case it's KIPP, or the Knowledge is Power Program). As a child's brain is more malleable than an adults, it's key to get to them early.


It was a pleasant read, although as I mentioned it was somewhat uneven in readability. But definitely a good pick up for anyone who has any interest in any of the themes or concepts that this famous "Marshmallow Experiment" covers.

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text 2014-01-02 00:44
New Year's Day Thrift Store Finds

So, my mom, sister and I have a somewhat odd tradition of going thrifting on some of the minor holidays. We are usually all available on those days so it always just seems like a good time to go. I will admit that I love the whole thrill of the hunt aspect of thrifting.


Thus, I give you my finds for today (I gave myself a $20 budget.) I absolutely DO NOT need anymore books, but for some reason I can't help buying more. It's a sickness only other book lovers can truly understand.


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review 2013-10-11 19:01
Self Control: A Novel by Mary Brunton
Self Control: A Novel - Mary Brunton Self Control: A Novel - Mary Brunton

bookshelves: published-1811, spring-2011, radio-4x, summer-2011, regency-romp1811–1820, play-dramatisation

Recommended to ☯Bettie☯ by: Wanda
Read from May 28 to June 10, 2011

NB - this is not a self-help book ;OP

So just what is this self control she writes about? heh!

3.5* but upped for some He tied me to the railway track moments.

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