Parents view of failure and children’s growth mindsets

Interested in the impact of fixed and growth mind-sets on children? Looking for research on how the mind-sets of parents might impact on children’s mind-sets?

Take a look at this interesting piece by the BPS Research Digest which discusses the available research in this field and highlights that children’s beliefs about ability are associated with how parent’s view failure. If parents believe that failure is harmful, children are less likely to have a growth mind-set (believe that they can develop and improve their capabilities).

What are your thoughts? Comment below.

Look out for Mindfield Psychology’s full blog on growth/fixed mindsets coming up soon!

Find the full research article here: Haimovitz K, & Dweck CS (2016). What Predicts Children’s Fixed and Growth Intelligence Mind-Sets? Not Their Parents’ Views of Intelligence but Their Parents’ Views of Failure. Psychological Science

Got 5-mins? Chat to a pre-schooler.

An interesting study in Developmental Psychology suggests that a 5 minute chat with young children about their past or future selves seems to help them to make better decisions about their future needs.

Check out the BPS Digest article here

#Antibullyingweek – what did you do?

Anti-bulling week took place last week (13-19 November ’17). Mindfield Psychology took a quick look at the available research in the field of bullying and found a great resource containing FREE ACCESS journal articles on Bullying from TandFonline (publishers).

Articles are split into proactive and reactive strategies and include topics like cyberbullying, whole-school policies, the effect of videogaming on bullying, defiance theory, parent styles and teachers’ beliefs.

Take a look before they disappear!

Does a challenging upbringing help or hinder?

Check out this great article from the BPS Research Digest in which research evidence is discussed that suggests the adaptions learnt through a challenging upbringing can make it easier to “thrive in challenging conditions” in the future.

What are your thoughts?

Check out the article here

Check out other research in this area:

Mittal, C., Griskevicius, V., Simpson, J., Sung, S., & Young, E. (2015). Cognitive adaptations to stressful environments: When childhood adversity enhances adult executive function. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 109 (4), 604-621

Heberle, A., & Carter, A. (2015). Cognitive Aspects of Young Children’s Experience of Economic Disadvantage. Psychological Bulletin

Wickham S, Taylor P, Shevlin M, & Bentall RP (2014). The impact of social deprivation on paranoia, hallucinations, mania and depression: the role of discrimination social support, stress and trust.


Real or No Real? Top TEN Myths in Psychology

The BPS Research Digest “10 most widely believed myths in psychology”  includes a surprising number of myths about learning and development, as well as common beliefs about infamous studies in psychology (like the Stanford Prison Experiment). A Mindfield Psychology favourite is the “Learning Styles” myth – check this one out especially if you are teacher, learning support assistant or working with children in another role.

Comment below with your favourite psychology myths!

Check out the BPS Research Digest list here

Check out other psychology myths here