This Belief Increases Your IQ

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One simple belief could
improve your performance dramatically.
People who believe
intelligence can be improved perform better on tests, research finds.
First graders who believed
their intelligence could be developed got better grades.
The gap continued to widen
over two years between those who had a ‘growth mindset’ and those who believed
their intelligence was fixed.
The conclusions come from two
studies of 464 students.
Both studies showed the power
of a growth mindset.
In the first study, students’
beliefs were merely measured.
In the second study, one group
was given a course encouraging them to believe that their intelligence could be
Once again, the growth mindset
led to higher grades and a widening gap compared to those who thought their
intelligence was fixed.
The researchers put the
improved performance of the ‘growth mindset’ students down to more effort and a
more positive reaction to setbacks.
Carol Dweck, study co-author, said:
“These findings highlight the
importance of students’ beliefs for their academic progress. They also show how
these beliefs can be changed to maximize students’ motivation and achievement.”
The study was published in the
journal Child Development (Blackwell et al., 2007).
Kayode Ojo
Kayode Emmanuel Ojo is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at SHEFFA Limited. He is presently studying Computer Science at the National Open University, Victoria Island, Lagos.