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Motivation: The Batman Effect

Researchers recently found that young children were more likely to persevere with tedious jobs that they were given to do if they pretended that they were Batman while doing it.

There may be something to it.

The researchers were studying self-regulation and perseverance in 180 kids ages 4 to 6 years old. The researchers compared 3 […]

Research: Classroom Culture Matters – Effects on Reading Performance [Premium]

In the latest issue of the Journal of Learning Disabilities, researchers from Harvard and Greece found that classroom culture, and in particular LD students’ perceptions of their classrooms motivational framework had sudden, significant, and unpredictable effects on reading performance and students’ emotional state. From the authors: “The purpose of the present study was to evaluate the […]
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Growth Mindsets and Dyslexia – Dr Carol Dweck

Whether a person believes that intelligence is something that can develop and grow (growth mindset) vs. a trait that is fixed and unchanging can have profound effects on self-perception, motivation, and ultimately achievement. The pioneer of the psychology of mindsets is Dr Carol Dweck at Stanford Understanding the power of a positive and growth mindset […]