It’s Not the Mistakes Themselves, it’s the Attitude Towards Them

When someone makes a mistake, their brain makes two quick signals: an initial response that indicates something has gone wrong, and a second response that indicates the person is consciously aware of the mistake and is trying to right the wrong. Both signals occur within a quarter of a second of the mistake. After the experiment, the researchers found out whether people believed they could learn from their mistakes or not.

People who think they can learn from their mistakes did better after making a mistake – in other words, they successfully bounced back after an error.

Read the entire article here.

Can we help students recognize that mistakes are a limitation only when one has a defeatist attitude?

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