Columbia Business School professor, Sheena Iyengar, is a specialist in the art of choosing. She recently spoke at the TED conference LINK HERE on choice, task performance, and one’s mother’s advice.
In a test of groups of children, “anglo” children in San Francisco performed two times better when they were able to choose their own pen or colored marker. When told that their mother had chosen their marker, they did much POORER on the task.
In contrast, children of Chinese or Japanese parents, when told that their mother had chosen their marker, performed much better on the tasks than when they were allowed to choose for themselves.
Hmm… and what about Jewish and Israeli children. Do they want to please their mothers? Or do they find it to be an imposition? The answer is… oh wait.. telepone call.. it’s your mother. I will conclude this post later.