Carol Dweck

American psychologist

Carol Susan Dweck (born October 17, 1946) is an American psychologist. She holds the Lewis and Virginia Eaton Professorship of Psychology at Stanford University. Dweck is known for her work on motivation and mindset. She was on the faculty at the University of Illinois, Harvard, and Columbia before joining the Stanford University faculty in 2004. She was named an Association for Psychological Science (APS) James McKeen Cattell Fellow in 2013, an APS Mentor Awardee in 2019, and an APS William James Fellow in 2020, and has been a member of the National Academy of Sciences since 2012.

Carol Dweck in 2015


  • In my research, I have identified two mindsets that people can have about their talents and abilities. Those with a fixed mindset believe that their talents and abilities are simply fixed. They have a certain amount and that’s that.
    • Mindsets: Developing Talent Through a Growth Mindset, [1]
  • People with a growth mindset, on the other hand, think of talents and abilities as things they can develop—as potentials that come to fruition through effort, practice, and instruction.
    • Mindsets: Developing Talent Through a Growth Mindset, [2]
  • In the growth mindset, talent is something you build on and develop, not something you simply display to the world and try to coast to success on.
    • Mindsets: Developing Talent Through a Growth Mindset, [3]
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