Walter Mischel developed this experimental situation to test kids' capacity for self-control and gratification delay. what he discovered decades later was that those who could resist for 15 minutes were better in reasoning tasks than their less resistant counterparts. just as kahneman puts it - is intelligence just reasoning ability, or is executive control a big part of it? have a laugh!
a bit like the movie dogtooth, only more candid and hopeful, being told from the perspective of a five year old boy who discovers that the outside world, marvelous as it might seem at first, is also full of repetition and rooms. i recommend it, though i have to admit, the psycho-babble was far too evident, which made the book very predictable for the last 60 pages or so
I probably would have never put my hands on the book if it weren't for Franzen's heartfelt recommendation. The stories that mingle beautifully tell the story of an ever wandering teacher of seventh graders, who along the way recollects her narratives of a missed father, of an adolescence that never really lived up to the intentions and dreams she had.
don't expect anything excentric, but it's the sort of song i love to hear when i'm alone in the kitchen, neither too sad, nor too happy, neither bored, nor motivated, neither extremely engaged in thinking, nor apathetic. well, you better listen to the song