Exploring the relation between people’s theories of intelligence and beliefs about brain development

  title={Exploring the relation between people’s theories of intelligence and beliefs about brain development},
  author={Ashley J. Thomas and Barbara W. Sarnecka},
  journal={Frontiers in Psychology},
A person’s belief about whether intelligence can change (called their implicit theory of intelligence) predicts something about that person’s thinking and behavior. People who believe intelligence is fixed (called entity theorists) attribute failure to traits (i.e., “I failed the test because I’m not smart.”) and tend to be less motivated in school; those who believe intelligence is malleable (called incremental theorists) tend to attribute failure to behavior (i.e., “I failed the test because… 
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