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Dr. David Yeager: How to Master Growth Mindset to Improve Performance

Huberman Lab

Scicomm Media

Science, Life Sciences, Health & Fitness

4.923.3K Ratings

🗓️ 15 April 2024

⏱️ 146 minutes

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In this episode, my guest is Dr. David Yeager, Ph.D., professor of psychology at the University of Texas, Austin, and the author of the forthcoming book "10 to 25." We discuss how people of any age can use growth mindset and stress-is-enhancing mindsets to improve motivation and performance. We explain the best mindset for mentors and being mentored and how great leaders motivate others with high standards and support. We also discuss why a sense of purpose is essential to goal pursuit and achievement. Whether you are a parent, teacher, boss, coach, student or someone wanting to improve a skill or overcome a particular challenge, this episode provides an essential framework for adopting performance-enhancing mindsets leading to success. For show notes, including referenced articles, additional resources and people mentioned, please visit hubermanlab.com. Thank you to our sponsors AG1: https://drinkag1.com/huberman AeroPress: https://aeropress.com/huberman ROKA: https://roka.com/huberman Waking Up: https://wakingup.com/huberman Momentous: https://livemomentous.com/huberman Timestamps (00:00:00) Dr. David Yeager (00:01:49) Sponsors: AeroPress & ROKA (00:04:20) Growth Mindset; Performance, Self-Esteem (00:10:31) “Wise” Intervention, Teaching Growth Mindset (00:15:12) Stories & Writing Exercises (00:19:42) Effort Beliefs, Physiologic Stress Response (00:24:44) Stress-Is-Enhancing vs Stress-Is-Debilitating Mindsets (00:29:28) Sponsor: AG1 (00:30:58) Language & Importance, Stressor vs. Stress Response (00:37:54) Physiologic Cues, Threat vs Challenge Response (00:44:35) Mentor Mindset & Leadership; Protector vs Enforcer Mindset (00:53:58) Sponsor: Waking Up (00:55:14) Strivings, Social Hierarchy & Adolescence, Testosterone (01:06:28) Growth Mindset & Transferability, Defensiveness (01:11:36) Challenge, Environment & Growth Mindset (01:19:08) Goal Pursuit, Brain Development & Adaptation (01:24:54) Emotions; Loss vs. Gain & Motivation (01:32:28) Skill Building & Challenge, Purpose Motivation (01:39:59) Contribution Value, Scientific Work & Scrutiny (01:50:01) Self-Interest, Contribution Mindset (01:58:05) Criticism, Negative Workplaces vs. Growth Culture (02:06:51) Critique & Support; Motivation; Standardized Tests (02:16:40) Mindset Research (02:23:53) Zero-Cost Support, Spotify & Apple Reviews, Sponsors, YouTube Feedback, Momentous, Social Media, Neural Network Newsletter Disclaimer

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Welcome to the Huberman Lab Podcast, where we discuss science and science-based tools for everyday life.


I'm Andrew Huberman and I'm a professor of neurobiology and ophthalmology at Stanford School of Medicine.


My guest today is Dr David Yeager.


Dr David Yeager is a professor of psychology at the University of Texas at Austin


and one of the world's leading researchers into mindsets, in particular growth mindset, which is a mindset that enables people of all ages to improve their abilities at essentially anything.


He is also a world expert into the Stress is Performance Enhancing


which is a mindset that allows people to cognitively reframe stress


and that when combined with growth mindset can lead to dramatic improvements and performance in cognitive and physical endeavors.


Dr. Yeager is also the author of an important and extremely useful new book entitled 10 to 25 the


science of motivating young people the book is scheduled for release this summer that


is the summer of 2024 and we provided a link to the book in the show note captions.


During today's discussion Dr Yeager explains to us exactly what growth mindset is


through the lens of the research into growth mindset and he explains also how to apply growth


mindset in our lives. He also shares the research from his and other laboratories


on the stress can be performance enhancing mindset and how that can be combined with growth mindset to achieve


the maximum results. So while I assume that most people have heard of growth


mindset, today's discussion will allow you to really apply it in your life, not


just from the perspective of you, the person trying to learn,


but also for teachers and coaches. In fact, Dr. Yeager shares not just the optimal learning


environments for us as individuals, but also between individuals and in the


classroom, in families, in sports teams, and in groups of all sizes and kinds.


Before we begin, I'd like to emphasize that this podcast is separate from my teaching and research roles at Stanford.


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