Friday, June 09, 2006

Mental outlook impacts learning

"Those who consider intelligence a natural gift—or the lack thereof the
fault of bad genes—may have trouble recalling a fact they have just learned. On
the other hand, those who believe that intelligence is something that can be
acquired through dedication and hard work demonstrate more vibrant memories of
things past. Jennifer Mangels, PhD, assistant professor of psychology at
Columbia University in New York, says that such flexible thinkers have better
memories because they are less concerned about forgetting. "They look at a
mistake at a more meaning based level, rather than superficially." she says.
As a result, explains Mangels, the brains of flexible thinkers process
information in greater depth, increasing the likelihood of memorization."

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