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Paunesku et al., 2015: Learning about the malleability of intelligence and learning with a sense of purpose increased GPA among at-risk high school students

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Paunesku, D., Walton, G. M., Romero, C., Smith, E. N., Yeager, D. S., & Dweck, C. S. (2015). Mind-set interventions are a scalable treatment for academic underachievement. Psychological science, 26(6), 784-793.
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Summary:

High school students in 13 diverse schools completed an online module focused on scientific findings showing how the brain can “grow and reorganize itself as a consequence of hard work and good strategies on challenging tasks,” implications for students’ potential to become more intelligent through study and practice, and how setbacks are opportunities for learning. They then summarized the findings in their own words and wrote a note of advise to a struggling student who “was beginning to think of himself as not smart enough to do well in school.” Together with students in a sense-of-purpose intervention condition and as compared to those for whom the module focused on control content (e.g., functional localization in the brain), this growth-mindset message raised core academic GPA the next semester for students at risk for dropping out of high school, and increased the likelihood students earned satisfactory grades (A, B, or C) in core academic classes.

Psychological Process:

What Desired Meaning is At Stake?

What is the Person Trying to Understand?

Selves (My Own and Others')

Psychological Question Addressed

Is intelligence fixed or can it grow

Psychological Process 2:

Need

What is the Person Trying to Understand?

What Desired Meaning is At Stake?

What Desired Meaning is At Stake?

What About it?

Approach to Desired Meaning

Approach to Desired Meaning

How?

Psychological Question Addressed

Psychological Question Addressed

Psychological Question Addressed

Psychological Process 3:

Need

What Desired Meaning is At Stake?

Approach to Desired Meaning

How?

Psychological Question Addressed

Psychological Question Addressed

Is intelligence fixed or can it grow

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Walton & Wilson, 2018