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January 07, 2022 Friday 12:55:30 PM IST

Can We Make Our Kids Smarter?

Many parents believe that intelligence and other related abilities are fixed traits and one can never truly change them. But in a new study led in the Department of pediatrics at Boston School of Medicine has come up with a discovery that encourages parents to adopt a growth mindset which can lead to better educational outcomes for their children. A maternal growth mindset is a belief that you can grow your abilities through work and effort, and it helps the children learn new things and grow and expand their abilities.

The researchers examined mothers and their mindsets and stress levels. Children’s brain activity was observed through electroencephalography. Previous research has shown the negative impact of maternal stress not only on interactions and attachments between mother and infants but also on childhood brain development. The new results showed lower brain activity for infants of mothers who felt stressed and had fixed mindsets. In contrast, infants of moms with a growth mindset did not display a negative impact. The study shows that it shows that mindsets are related to outcomes as early as infancy. It also encourages the need to find interventions that could possibly decrease the levels of stress in parents.