The Brain's Response to Beliefs Intelligence and Performance Connection

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A groundbreaking study conducted by Michigan State University researchers, led by Hans Schroder, sheds light on the intricate relationship between beliefs about the source of intelligence and cognitive performance. The study explores how individuals respond to contrasting narratives regarding the genetic and environmental factors influencing intelligence.

Participants were divided into two groups, each exposed to distinct articles—one emphasizing the genetic basis of intelligence and the other highlighting the role of challenging environments in shaping intellectual prowess, exemplified by figures like Leonardo da Vinci and Albert Einstein.

The subsequent analysis of brain activity during a task assessing comprehension of the articles yielded compelling results. Published in Biological Psychology, the study underscores the profound impact of subtle messages on cognitive attitudes and performance.


1- What were the two groups in the study exposed to?

2- What did the analysis of brain activity during the task reveal?

3- Who led the study conducted by Michigan State University researchers?


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