Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Failure for Growth Can Be Found in the Brainwaves

I came across this fantastic article from a blog on Wired explaining an experiment out of Michigan State University which tested Carol Dweck's theory of Fixed Mindset vs. Growth Mindset.

If you have never heard of Carol Dweck, she is a renowned psychologist whose theories on motivation and effort inspired authors like Malcom Gladwell and Daniel Pink to write their books. Her most famous supposition is that of the Fixed Mindset vs. Growth Mindset. In a Fixed Mindset, a student feels they have  a certain capacity for intelligence and once used is full. The Growth Mindset individual feels that if one applies themselves to a task and learns from mistakes in pursuit of that task, then they can grow to be as successful as they want to be.

In his article, Why Do Some People Learn Faster?, Jonah Lerner, introduces us to the parts of the brain which recognize and process mistakes. In a fascinating narrative we discover that those who were improving and learning actually used a greater portion of the mistake-processing sector of the brain. Essentially, these findings provide biological support for Carol Dweck's psychological theories.

I highly recommend reading it.

Why Do Some People Learn Faster? 

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