Mindset matters, but can it be changed?
Own data collection: YES
Prof. dr. Carol Dweck developed the fixed versus growth mindset theory and she invented the famous Marshmallow experiment with children. More recent studies show that a mindset might not only be beneficial for one’s success later in life but for a happy and meaningful life as well. For example, prof. dr. Michael Norton asked participants whether they believe that life is short or long and whether they believe that life is easy or difficult. Those who believed that life was long and easy were happier, donated more money to charity and volunteered more often. These more recent studies raises the question: Can a mindset change when people know this kind of information? Therefore, you will conduct the following experiment wherein each student recruits at least 20 participants. Participants will complete a survey wherein well-being and some mindset-questions are assessed. A week later, half of the participants will receive information about the results of prior studies about a particular mindset (e.g. life is short and difficult versus life is long and easy; stress is beneficial for achievement and success versus stress is not beneficial and leads to burn-out). Directly after and at one week follow-up, the participants complete the survey again.
Who are we looking for?
Students who are interested in conducting quantitative research and conducting novel research. We also look for dedicated students who are curious and conscientious. The experiment can be conducted in English, Dutch and German language, depending on the participants that the students want to recruit.
Dr. Marijke Schotanus-Dijkstra