Delay of Gratification

The ability to delay gratification has been shown to have a wide range of effects that last a lifetime. Those children who are better able to delay gratification for greater rewards in the future have been shown to turn into adults with higher educational achievement, they are at lower risk of early (teenage) pregnancy and addiction, and appear to be more well adjusted and productive adults. I have used my research to test new activities that can help children to increase their ability to delay gratification that have been shown to work cross-culturally.

I’m always happy to consult on ways in which non-religious rituals can help improve executive function in addition to those discussed in my book with Bloomsbury Academic.