Apr. 26th, 2011

scimommy: (Mad Men me)
One: To do well on an IQ test it's just as important to be internally motivated (even when external motivation is low - say, no one is paying you for correct answers) as to be intelligent. Moreover, this internal motivation is as good a predictor of later success in life (such as employment) as intelligence. Not exactly earth-shattering conclusions, but it's nice to see experimental verification of what one already suspects is true. Explains why I get more upset when I see my kids not caring about solving a math problem or giving up easily than when they take a loooong time to solve it.

Two: External disorder (e.g. a messy environment) creates an internal need for order which expresses itself as a desire to stereotype people. Not something I have thought about before, but intuitively seems right. Fascinating stuff. Now how do I use this information to motivate my kids to pick up their messes?

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