Does the ‘Innate Genius’ Stereotype Widen the STEM Gender Gap?

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Do you think it takes innate talent to succeed in physics or philosophy? What about molecular biology or psychology? Reporting in Science, researchers say that the idea that “brilliance” is necessary for success in certain STEM subjects might contribute to the gender gap in those fields. Psychologist Carol Dweck (who was not a part of the study) discusses how the “innate genius” mindset might affect learning, motivation, and the gender gap.

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Carol Dweck

Carol Dweck is a psychology professor at Stanford University in Stanford, California.

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