复制研究的结果导致许多媒体报道这一消息，声称Mischel的结论已被揭穿。 然而，事情并非如此黑白分明。 这项新研究表明了心理学家已经知道的事情：富裕和贫困等因素会影响一个人延迟满足的能力。 研究人员自己对结果的解释进行了测量。 首席研究员沃茨告诫说，“……这些新发现不应被解释为表明满足延迟完全不重要，而是只关注教育幼儿延迟满足不太可能产生太大的影响。”相反，瓦茨建议 从长远来看，专注于帮助儿童发展延迟满足能力的广泛认知和行为能力的干预措施比仅有助于儿童学会延迟满足的干预措施更有用。
The results of the replication study led many media to report the news, claiming that Mischel’s conclusions have been exposed. However, things are not so black and white. This new study shows what psychologists already know: factors such as wealth and poverty can affect a person’s ability to delay satisfaction. The researchers themselves measured the interpretation of the results. Principal Investigator Watts cautioned that “…these new findings should not be interpreted as indicating that meeting delays is completely unimportant, but that focusing only on educating young children to delay satisfaction is unlikely to have much impact.” In the long run, interventions that focus on helping children develop broad cognitive and behavioral abilities to delay satisfaction are more useful than interventions that only help children learn to delay satisfaction.