erase boardStudents: what is your attitude toward failure? How do you react when you make mistakes? Recent psychological research indicates the answers to these questions are far more important than you may have imagined.

Published Tuesday in Wired Science Blog The Frontal Cortex, Jonah Lehrer’s “Why Do Some People Learn Faster?” discusses the brain science behind our reactions to our own mistakes.

The new study heralded in the article explores how one’s belief about learning affects one’s performance: people who are open to making mistakes and understand that mistakes are part of the learning process end up performing better. The study, to be published in Psychological Science, was led by Jason Moser of Michigan State and builds on other research in the field, notably Carol Dweck’s of Stanford.

Reading about Dweck’s research in the article, you’ll also discover why it is not such a good idea to tell bright children how bright they are (this actually impedes kids’ growth).

Exciting material for all who yearn to learn (and teach)!

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