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The Invisible Gorilla

THE INVISIBLE GORILLA by Christopher Chabris and Daniel Simons

by Christopher Chabris and Daniel Simons, authors of The Invisible Gorilla: And Other Ways Our Intuitions Deceive Us (Crown Archetype, 2010)

More than a decade ago, when we did the experiment that inspired the name of our book, we had no idea that it would become as well known as it has. For us, it was mostly a way for the students in a course we were teaching to work together on a research project on perception and awareness. We created several videos that showed two groups of three people passing basketballs around. The students showed one of these videos to subjects and asked them to count how many times the people wearing white passed the ball. While they were focusing their attention on this task, half of the subjects failed to notice a person in a gorilla suit who casually strolled into the scene, thumped her chest at the camera, and walked off the other side. Continue reading

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“It’s Not About How Smart You Are”

MINDSET by Carol Dweck

In this week’s Chronicle of Higher Education, staff reporter David Glenn has written an interesting piece considering the pioneering work—and controversial viewpoints—of psychologist, professor and author Carol Dweck.  

Dweck, currently a professor at Stanford University, is a leading expert on motivation and personality psychology.  Having done more than twenty years of research on mindset, she has come to form what many consider to be a contratian view: by fostering the belief that intelligence is a fixed trait, and praising students for simply “being smart”, educators do a disservice not only to students but to society-at-large.

The article has sparked varied reactions among Chronicle readers.  In exchange for a free copy of Dweck’s book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, we’d like to get your point of view as well.  Simply read the Chronicle article and/or the book excerpt and post a thoughtful comment here.  Then email us for your free copy (please be sure to include your full school mailing address).

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