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Document Type:Coursework

Subject Area:Psychology

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, & Wells, A. The Attention Training Technique improves Children's ability to delay gratification: A controlled comparison with progressive relaxation. Behaviour Research and Therapy. This article reviews previous literature, which indicates a relationship between ATT and positive health, self-control and self-will in later life. One missing aspect of the literature though is the close link between ATT and delayed gratification. In the experimentation and observation phases of the study, the lady research sought to know how the reaction of the children would be if they were promised one unit of a reward for immediate consumption of a sweet, or a double teat if they waited for 780 seconds. The children would be patient all the way up to the 780th second, break in between and eat the sweet before the 780th second, eat the sweet thereafter without any delay or just walk out of the room.

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The delay time was recorded and summarized in a spreadsheet for SPSS analysis. The dependent variable, delayed gratification, was measured in terms of seconds between I second and 780 seconds for the delayed gratification and ability to get the picture raised right, whether it was a sun or the moon. The independent variables were measured by getting the data about student's concentration, their academic performance in class, their pre and post concentration and delayed gratification in terms of seconds. Two ideas emerge from the study: that gratification affects the person's health through the presence or lack of self-control in eating or satisfying the flesh, and that gratification can be better reduced or delayed through childhood ATT training as compared to PMR. The above review shows that the author used the self-regulatory model for the study and effectively concluded that ATT is a good model for delaying gratification in children.

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