Optimistic Versus Pessimistic Brains
People who think they can learn from their errors have a different brain reaction to making mistakes than people who think intelligence is fixed. The former group bounces back better.
What's the Latest Development?
Whether you think you can learn from a mistake may influence your ability to make better decisions in the future, suggests a recent study to be published in Psychological Science. Researchers studied how the brain reacts to mistakes in two different groups of people: Those who think intelligence is malleable and those who think it is predetermined and fixed. By giving individuals a simple task in which it was easy to make a mistake, the researchers were able to see differences in the brain activity among the two groups of people.
What's the Big Idea?
The differences in the cerebral reactions between the two groups of people translated to important behavioral differences: Individuals who thought of intelligence as malleable were more likely to bounce back from their errors and pay more attention to their behavior in the future. In short, they monitored themselves for mistakes while individuals who thought of intelligence as fixed were resigned to repeating the same errors in the future. The research could help show people that they can learn more by understanding how their brain reacts to mistakes.
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A growing body of research shows promising signs that the keto diet might be able to improve mental health.
- The keto diet is known to be an effective tool for weight loss, however its effects on mental health remain largely unclear.
- Recent studies suggests that the keto diet might be an effective tool for treating depression, and clearing up so-called "brain fog," though scientists caution more research is necessary before it can be recommended as a treatment.
- Any experiments with the keto diet are best done in conjunction with a doctor, considering some people face problems when transitioning to the low-carb diet.
The Harvard psychologist loves reading authors' rules for writing. Here are his own.
- Steven Pinker is many things: linguist, psychologist, optimist, Harvard professor, and author.
- When it comes to writing, he's a student and a teacher.
- Here's are his 13 rules for writing better, more simply, and more clearly.
Thinking your life is worthwhile is correlated with a variety of positive outcomes.
- A new study finds that adults who feel their lives are meaningful have better health and life outcomes.
- Adults who felt their lives were worthwhile tended to be more social and had healthier habits.
- The findings could be used to help improve the health of older adults.
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