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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- Coral reefs may not be able to survive another human decade because of the environmental stress we have placed on them, says author David Wallace-Wells. He posits that without meaningful changes to policies, the trend of them dying out, even in light of recent advances, will continue.
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- Though we know today that his policies eventually ended the Great Depression, FDR's election was seen as disastrous by some.
- A group of wealthy bankers decided to take things into their own hands; they plotted a coup against FDR, hoping to install a fascist dictator in its stead.
- Ultimately, the coup was brought to light by General Smedley Butler and squashed before it could get off the ground.
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- The United States health care system has much room for improvement, and big tech may be laying the foundation for those improvements.
- Technological progress in medicine is coming from two fronts: medical technology and information technology.
- As information technology develops, patients will become active participants in their health care, and value-based care may become a reality.
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