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Carol Dweck

Lewis and Virginia Eaton Professor
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Office Location: 
Jordan Hall, Building 420 Room 240
Office Phone: 
(650) 725-2421
(650) 725-5699
Williams, Porsche

Research Summary

My work bridges developmental psychology, social psychology, and personality psychology, and examines the mindsets people use to understand themselves 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)

Distinguished Scientist Award (Society for Experimental Social Psychology) (2014)

Invited Address, United Nations, (January 2015)

Wilbur Cross Medal, Yale University (2015)

CV.master.dweck-3.pdf317.74 KB
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 Children's 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_0.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 Versus 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: Implications for Motivated Person Perception.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 Evaluation of Lucky Versus Unlucky People and Their Social Groups.pdf53.99 KB
Why do beliefs about intelligence influence learning success? A social cognitive neuroscience model.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: A Longitudinal Study and an Intervention.pdf184.67 KB
Subtle Linguistic Cues Affect Children’s Motivation.pdf66.4 KB
Evidence for Infants’ Internal Working Models of Attachment.pdf55.13 KB
Defensiveness Versus 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? The Role of Beliefs in Personality and Change.pdf63.01 KB
The Hidden-Zero Effect Representing a Single Choice as an Extended Sequence Reduces Impulsive Choice.pdf58.27 KB
Solving Social Problems Like a Psychologist.pdf63.72 KB
Ego-depletion – Is it all in your head? Implicit theories about willpower affect self-regulation.pdf266 KB
Emotion Blocks the Path to Learning Under Sterotype Threat.pdf494.2 KB
Adolescents’ Implicit Theories Predict Desire for Vengeance After Peer Conflicts: Correlational and Experimental Evidence.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.pdf485.65 KB
Implicit Theories About Willpower Predict Self-Regulation and Grades in Everyday Life.pdf229.59 KB