Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D., is one of the world’s leading researchers in the field of motivation and is the Lewis and Virginia Eaton Professor of Psychology at Stanford. Her research has identified different mindsets that students can hold about their talents and abilities: a fixed mindset in which talents and abilities are viewed as unalterable and a growth mindset in which they are seen as qualities that can be developed. The research then demonstrates the importance of these mindsets for students’ motivation, resilience, and achievement—particularly for students from vulnerable populations—and shows that these mindsets can be changed.
She has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences of the United States, and has won 10 lifetime achievement awards for her research. In addition to her scientific writing, she has written widely for educators and for the public. Her book Mindset (Random House) has been translated into over 25 languages.