Psychological Sciences’ Brooke Macnamara criticizes studies for being poorly designed

Does growth mindset matter? The debate heats up with dueling meta-analyses
KQEDBrooke Macnamara, associate professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences at the College of Arts and Sciences, criticized dozens of recent studies for being poorly designed or conducted by researchers who are advocates for growth mindset—the belief that anyone’s intelligence can improve through hard work—and have financial incentives to report positive outcomes. “We conclude that apparent effects of growth mindset interventions on academic achievement are likely attributable to inadequate study design, reporting flaws, and bias,” she said.