Brain Blog(16)


-Growth mindset and other social psychological interventions have framed important conversations about the role of implicit attitudes in learning.

-While talking about brain development and plasticity may be a powerful part of communicating implicit messages about students’ capacity, it isn’t the only way. And when invoked, it comes with a responsibility to be accurate and thoughtful in communicating science.

Interventions can make a difference

-changes in students’ underlying attitudes may snowball into positive outcomes.

-In adults completing a simple letter-matching task, growth mindset was associated with stronger changes in electrical signals (measured using electroencephalograms, or EEG) related to attention after making a mistake

-some interventions incorporate neuroscience to try to make their messaging more compelling. Persuasiveness is a critical part of effective intervention.


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