Stanford EE 190 - Study Notes (27 pages)

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Ee 190 - Special Studies or Projects in Electrical Engineering

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Reading Read this handout Read the Build Awareness tab of my web site Is there hope of reducing the risk If my preliminary analysis is correct and the risk posed by nuclear weapons is thousands of times greater than living next to a nuclear power reactor that leads to another key question Is there any hope of reducing the risk thousands of times over until it reaches an acceptable level Are human beings capable of such monumental change Prof Carol Dweck s Research Many people dismiss reducing the risk posed by nuclear weapons as an impossible task and have told me You can t change human nature Useful insights for overcoming this barrier to facing what must seem like an important but unsolvable challenge can be gained from the research of Prof Carol Dweck of Stanford s Psychology Department Dweck studies how different people respond when confronted with a challenge that exceeds their current abilities and how different stimuli might affect their responses She found that some people rise to the challenge even though that might mean failing while others shy away fearful of failure Her research has shown that much of this difference can be attributed to people tending to have one of two mindsets In one mindset ability is fixed and immutable something you are born with and cannot change In the other ability is more like a muscle that can be developed by exercise and hard work Dweck has found that people who see ability as fixed and immutable have a strong tendency to shy away from challenges that are above their current ability and would in their mindset find them wanting Conversely she has found that people who believe ability can be improved through hard work tend to welcome such challenges as growth opportunities Dweck s research also found that it is possible to influence a person s response to such challenges As described on pages 24 26 of her book Self Theories We ve succeeded in influencing students theories of intelligence in other studies as well One such study



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