Professor Walter Mischel

Now at Columbia University, Department of Psychology
Robert Johnston Niven Professor

Research Summary

General Area of Research: Personality structure, processes and development; self-control; personality inferences

Select Publications

Ayduk, O., Zayas, V., Downey, G., Cole, A. B., Shoda, Y., & Mischel, W. (2008). Rejection sensitivity and executive control: Joint predictors of borderline personality features. Journal of Research in Personality, 4 2, 151-168.

Peake, P., Hebl, M. & Mischel, W. (2002). Strategic attention deployment in waiting and working situations. Developmental Psychology, 38, 313-326. pdf

Ayduk, O., Mendoza-Denton, R., Mischel, W., Downey, G., Peake, P.K., & Rodriguez, M. (2000). Regulating the interpersonal self: Strategic self-regulation for coping with rejection sensitivity. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 79, 776-792. pdf

Mischel, W., Shoda, Y., & Rodriguez, M. L. (1992). Delay of gratification in children. (Reprinted from Science, May 26, 1989). In G. Loewenstein & J. Elster (Eds.), Choice over time (pp. 147-164). New York: Russel-Sage.

Shoda, Y., Mischel, W., & Peake, P. K. (1990). Predicting adolescent cognitive and self-regulatory competencies from preschool delay of gratification: Identifying diagnostic conditions. Developmental Psychology, 26, 978-986. pdf

Mischel, W., Shoda, Y., & Rodriguez, M. L. (1989). Delay of gratification in children. Science, 244, 933-938. pdf

Mischel, W., Shoda, Y., & Peake, P. K. (1988). The nature of adolescent competencies predicted by preschool delay of gratification. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 54, 687-699. pdf

Mischel, H. N., & Mischel, W. (1983). The development of children’s knowledge of self-control strategies. Child Development, 54, 603-619. pdf

Listen to BBC Radio’s program on Walter Mischel’s study on delay of gratification:
Mind Changers on BBC Radio 4
Walter Mischel’s Marshmallow Study
Broadcast on Sun, Feb. 20, 2011