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Brain Sci. 2018, 8(2), 20; doi:10.3390/brainsci8020020

The Neuroscience of Growth Mindset and Intrinsic Motivation

National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, 1 Nanyang Walk, Singapore 637616, Singapore
Received: 15 October 2017 / Revised: 15 January 2018 / Accepted: 24 January 2018 / Published: 26 January 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Neurological Research on Learning, Reward and Decision Making)
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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. View Full-Text
Keywords: growth mindset; intrinsic motivation; education; neuroscience; neural growth mindset; intrinsic motivation; education; neuroscience; neural
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