Darwin Lecture

1.3.13 Great lecture in the Darwin series on Foresight. This was using the Dunedin longitudinal study to look at the effects of self-control (ability to concentrate, to wait for gratification … must look up the other elements) in children on their health, wealth and parenting ability in adulthood. The results are quite cheering in that there is a significant association between poor self-control early in life and poor outcomes later. These effects are not due to either existing IQ or poverty. As self-control is something that can be encouraged and even learnt early in life it must be possible to improve outcomes. It was a pity that no mention was made of interventions schemes such as Headstart and Surestart.