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Third Graders’ Beliefs about Intelligence Affect Judgments

One of the most fascinating findings to emerge from research in the last 20 years is the role of beliefs about cognitive skills on later performance. The work started by Carol Dweck and her colleagues demonstrates that people generally hold one of two types of beliefs about cognitive skills. How do these judgments affect learning behaviors of younger children? Read More

"Ultimately, we need to let

"Ultimately, we need to let kids know that they truly can do anything if they put their minds to it."

My parents used to feed me that worn-out line. Talk about setting a kid up for unrealistic expectations!

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Art Markman, Ph.D., is a cognitive scientist at the University of Texas whose research spans a range of topics in the way people think.

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