Self-control can be defined as the choice of a larger, more delayed reinforcer over a smaller, less delayed reinforcer, and impulsiveness as the opposite. Preschool children have exhibited varying degrees of self-control and impulsiveness in laboratory experiments when food is the reinforcer. Previous research suggests that exposure to visual food cues may affect preschool children's self-control for food. The present experiment used 22 3-year-old children to explore the effects of exposure to visual food cues on choice behavior in a self-control paradigm. The results suggest that exposure to visual food cues influences preschool children's self-control for food reinforcers.
Forzano, L. B.; Szuba, M.; and Figurilli, J. M.
"Self-Control and Impulsiveness in Children: Effects of Visual Food Cues,"
The Psychological Record:
2, Article 1.
Available at: http://opensiuc.lib.siu.edu/tpr/vol53/iss2/1