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Belief About Source of Intelligence Affects Effort

Researchers at Michigan State University saw instant changes in the brains of study participants when they were told that hard work is more important than genetics.   Whether or not that is true, says lead investigator Hans Schroder, “giving people messages that encourage learning and motivation may promote more efficient performance.” In the study, two groups read different articles about intelligence.  One said it was largely genetic, the other discussed how challenging...

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