Published: Feb. 3, 2016

michaelsonCU Psychology and Neuroscience graduate student Laura Michaelson (Cognitive, mentored by Yuko Munakata) was in the news, with an article about her research appearing in a CU press release. The research, published in the journal Developmental Science (and co-authored with Munakata), demonstrated that children between the ages of 3 and 6 were nearly three times as likley to give up on waiting for a reward if they observed an adult acting in an untrustworthy manner compared to those who observed an adult behaving in a trustworthy manner. This research emphasizes the importance of social trust on a child's ability to delay gratification or not. The ability to delay gratification has been shown to correlate with several indicators of better life outcome. Read the CU press release, or read the original research article.