So, those of you who have grown up with the likes of Sesame Street and the Muppets will be very familiar the character Cookie Monster, who would stuff his face full of cookies and send his crumbs flying everywhere. However, over the past few years, there has been a bit of a change in the character, who has developed into seeing cookies as a "sometimes treat," while admitting that he also likes to eat fruit and vegetables.
Well, now it seems that the Cookie Monster has been taken to a whole new level, as researchers have discovered a very interesting way in helping children to learn self-control, thanks to a video featuring the Cookie Monster. It stems from an old study that has been carried out on children from many years now, to test their self-control and how it will impact them in later life.
The original test is to sit a child in front of one small treat and then tell them that if they can sit there and not eat it, then they will get another treat in a short while. The study has found that, those children who can resist the treat for the longest amount of time, tend to go on to enjoy better lives in the future.
That brings us to the Cookie Monster. A new video has been made, showing the Cookie Monster showing a little bit of restraint and the clip is shown to children, before then running the same treat test. The outcome has shown that, those children shown the Cookie Monster video manage to hold out for four minutes longer than those who have not seen the clip.
So, there you have it, the Cookie Monster really can teach self-control.