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marshmallow test

HOLD OUTS  Over the past 50 years, white, middle-class kids have shown an increasing willingness to delay gratification on the marshmallow test, a new study finds. Reasons for this trend, and the relationship of marshmallow test scores to later behavior, are unclear.

young child at border

FOR FAMILY  Migrant families crossing the U.S.-Mexico border may get a reprieve from a recent policy that resulted in more than 2,000 children being separated from their parents.

depressed woman

PRECIOUS TIME  Investigations that equip volunteers with smartphones indicate that suicidal thoughts fluctuate in signature ways over just a few hours. Closer scrutiny of these thinking patterns may lead to advances in suicide prevention.

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