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Marshmallows and Instant Gratification Revisited, This Week on Sound Medicine

December 8, 2011

INDIANAPOLIS -- This week on Sound Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College psychobiologist B.J. Casey, Ph.D., discusses her findings from revisiting and retesting participants of the 1960’s study on delayed gratification in children.

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Inability to delay gratification persists. Forty years ago, researchers studied delayed gratification in children by using marshmellows and cookies to find out the differences among children who could and could not restrain themselves when offered the option of resisting some sweets now for more sweets later on. Forty years later, psychobiologist B.J. Casey, Ph.D., of the Weill Cornell Medical College, retested the same subjects. Dr. Casey found that the differences between individuals remain. Dr. Casey directs the Sackler Institute for Developmental Psychobiology. 

DIEP breast reconstruction. Sound Medicine’s David Crabb, M.D., chats with IU plastic surgeon Jason Cacioppo about a post-mastectomy breast reconstruction technique that does not involve breast implants. Instead, the DIEP procedure uses tissue from the woman’s abdomen. Dr. Cacioppo is assistant professor of plastic surgery at the Indiana University School of Medicine. 

Book: The Man Who Couldn’t Eat.  Sound Medicine's Nora Hiatt meets with Jon Reiner, author of the memoir, The Man Who Couldn’t Eat, a book about his battle with Crohn’s disease and his three-month-long fast while recuperating from intestinal surgery. Reiner won the 2010 James Beard Foundation Award for Magazine Feature Writing for his Esquire article on the same topic.

Book: Kidney Steps. When Victoria Hulet needed a kidney transplant due to a hereditary disorder, her daughter Jennifer Waybright volunteered to be a donor. Once immersed in the transplant process, the women had difficulty finding useful information for kidney patients. As a result, Hulet and Waybright, in collaboration with IU Health nephrologist, Tim Tabor, wrote Kidney Steps, a survival guide for patients with kidney disease, hypertension and diabetes. All three join Barbara Lewis to discuss the book.

Sound Medicine is an award-winning radio program co-produced by the Indiana University School of Medicine and WFYI Public Radio (90.1FM). Sound Medicine is underwritten by Indiana University Health Physicians, and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Did You Know is presented by Wishard Health Services, becoming Eskenazi Health in 2014.
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