Mistakes Are All in Your Mind

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(Telegraph) Learning from your mistakes is all in the mind

9:20AM BST 02 Oct 2011

Some people are programmed to learn from their mistakes, while others give up trying when their intelience is tested, a study found.

How people react to their mistakes depends on their mindset, and whether people believe it is not worth trying harder if they fail a test, psychologists said.

The study, to be published in an upcoming issue of Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, finds that people who think they can learn from their mistakes have a different brain reaction to mistakes than people who think intelligence is fixed.

“One big difference between people who think intelligence is malleable and those who think intelligence is fixed is how they respond to mistakes,” says Jason S. Moser, of Michigan State University in the US.

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