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Brain Sci. 2018 Jan 26;8(2). pii: E20. doi: 10.3390/brainsci8020020.

The Neuroscience of Growth Mindset and Intrinsic Motivation.

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National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, 1 Nanyang Walk, Singapore 637616, Singapore. betsy.ng@nie.edu.sg.

Abstract

Our actions can be triggered by intentions, incentives or intrinsic values. Recent neuroscientific research has yielded some results about the growth mindset and intrinsic motivation. With the advances in neuroscience and motivational studies, there is a global need to utilize this information to inform educational practice and research. Yet, little is known about the neuroscientific interplay between growth mindset and intrinsic motivation. This paper attempts to draw on the theories of growth mindset and intrinsic motivation, together with contemporary ideas in neuroscience, outline the potential for neuroscientific research in education. It aims to shed light on the relationship between growth mindset and intrinsic motivation in terms of supporting a growth mindset to facilitate intrinsic motivation through neural responses. Recent empirical research from the educational neuroscience perspective that provides insights into the interplay between growth mindset and intrinsic motivation will also be discussed.

KEYWORDS:

education; growth mindset; intrinsic motivation; neural; neuroscience

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