Dweck, Carol S.

Lewis and Virginia Eaton Professor

Office Location: 

Jordan Hall, Building 420 Room 240

Office phone number: 
(650) 725-2417
Primary Area of Focus: 
Secondary Area of Focus: 
Personal/Lab Website: 


MINDSET   http://mindsetonline.com

BRAINOLOGY  http://www.brainology.us/

Research Summary: 

My work bridges developmental psychology, social psychology, and personality psychology, and examines the self-conceptions (or mindsets) people use to structure the self and guide their behavior. My research looks at the origins of these mindsets, their role in motivation and self-regulation, and their impact on achievement and interpersonal processes.


Ph.D. Social and Developmental Psychology, Yale University, 1972



Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2003)

Book Award for Self-Theories (2004)

Donald Campbell Career Achievement Award in Social Psychology, Society for Personality and Social Psychology (2008)

Award for Innovative Program of the Year "Brainology" (2008)

Ann L. Brown Award for Research in Developmental Psychology, University of Illinois (2009)

Klingenstein Award for Leadership in Education, Klingenstein Center, Columbia University (2010)

Elected Herbert Simon Fellow of the Academy of Political and Social Science (2010)

Thorndike Career Achievement Award in Educational Psychology, American Psychological Association (2010)

Beckman Mentoring Award, administered by Columbia University (2011)

Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award, American Psychological Association (2011)

Federation of Associations in Behaviorial & Brain Sciences Gallery of Scientists (2011)

Elected to the National Academy of Sciences (2012)

James McKeen Cattell Lifetime Achievement Award, Association for Psychological Science (2013)

Distinguisted Scholar Award, Society for Personality and Social Psychology (2013)

Young Children's Vulnerability to Self-Blame and Helplessness.pdf1.33 MB
A Social-Cognitive Approach to Motivation and Personality.pdf1.93 MB
Lay Dispositionism and Implicit Theories of Personality.pdf1.12 MB
Implicit Theories and Evaluative Processes in Person Cognition.pdf230.63 KB
Implicit Theories and Conceptions of Morality.pdf2.04 MB
Children's Thinking About Traits: Implications for Judgments of the Self and Others.pdf1.37 MB
Stereotype Formation and Endorsement: The Role of Implicit Theories.pdf1.85 MB
Praise for Intelligence Can Undermine Motivation and Performance.pdf2.22 MB
Differential Use of Person Information in Decisions About Guilt vs Innocense.pdf400.5 KB
Person vs Process Praise and Criticism: Implications for Contingent Self Worth and Coping.pdf1.88 MB
Impact of Children's Static vs Dynamic Conceptions of People on Stereotype Formation.pdf207.31 KB
Implicit Theories, Attributions and Coping: A Meaning System Approach.pdf1.78 MB
Person Theories and Attention Allocation: Preferences for Stereotypic vs Counterstereotypic Info.pdf2.7 MB
Clarifying Achievement Goals and their Impact.pdf89.45 KB
Violations of Implicit Theories and the Sense of Prediction and Control.pdf180.37 KB
Finding "Meaning" in Psychology.pdf183.75 KB
Is Math a Gift: Beliefs that put Females at Risk.pdf106.93 KB
Children's Biased Evaluations of Lucky vs Unlucky People and their Social Groups.pdf53.99 KB
Why do Beliefs about Intelligence Influence Learning Success?.pdf631.84 KB
Voicing Conflict: Preferred Conflict Strategies Among Incremental and Entity Theorists.pdf118.39 KB
Implicit Theories of Intelligence Predict Achievement Across an Adolescent Transition.pdf184.67 KB
Suble Linguistic Cues Impact Children's Motivation.pdf66.4 KB
Evidence for Infants' Internal Working Models of Attachment.pdf55.13 KB
Defensiveness vs Remediation: Self Theories and Modes of Self-Esteem Maintenance.pdf265.51 KB
A Blueprint for Social Cognitive Development.pdf109.25 KB
Can Personality be Changed?.pdf63.01 KB
The Hidden Zero Effect.pdf58.27 KB
Solving Problems Like a Social Psychologist.pdf63.72 KB
Ego-Depletion: Is It All In Your Head? Implicit Theories about Willpower Affect Self-Regulation.pdf266 KB
Promoting the Middle East Peace Process by Changing Beliefs about Group Malleability.pdf0 bytes
Emotion Blocks the Path to Learning Under Sterotype Threat.pdf494.2 KB
It's ok - Not Everyone Can Be Good at Math.pdf0 bytes
An Implicit Theories of Personality Intervention Reduces Adolescent Aggression in Response to Victimization and Exclusion..pdf0 bytes
"Prejudiced" Behavior Without Prejudice? Beliefs About the Malleability of Prejudice Affect Interracial Interactions.pdf0 bytes
Parent Praise to 1-3 year olds Predicts Children's Motivational Fremework 5 Years Later.pdf0 bytes
Beliefs About Willpower Determine the Impact of Glucose on Self-Control.pdf0 bytes
Adolescents' Implicit Theories Predict Desire for Vengeance After Peer Conflict.pdf330.25 KB
Brain Points: A Growth Mindset Incentive Structure Boosts Persistence in an Educational Game.pdf4.38 MB
Addressing the Empathy Deficit: Beliefs about the Malleability of Empathy Predict Effortful Responses when Empathy is Challenging (InPress).pdf485.65 KB
Implicit Theories About Willpower Predict Self-Regulation and Grades in Everyday Life (InPress).doc177.28 KB