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This sounds a bit familiar - Nathan
February 15th, 2007
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This sounds a bit familiar
Have you ever considered yourself "smart, but lazy"? Read this: The Inverse Power of Praise, and the author's blog on the subject.

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From:fyfer
Date:February 16th, 2007 02:28 am (UTC)
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Huh. Wow.
From:gmpe
Date:February 16th, 2007 03:02 am (UTC)
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It's a much more interesting read when you're a parent and have to think how to apply such advice to your own kid. Also, when your kid is not quite 1, you have to think about how much of a study of school kids is applicable.
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From:signsoflife
Date:February 16th, 2007 04:37 am (UTC)
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*jawdrops*

Um. Yeah.
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From:katharos
Date:February 16th, 2007 06:20 pm (UTC)
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Wow, thanks. Parts of it really make me cringe for my own behavior, both for seeing myself in the 'smart' child's roll as well as the adult's roll now that I have a baby.

This research sounds true. Also, the intermitent reward I've heard before as part of "Don't Shoot the Dog", which is a great book on animal/people training based on behavioral research. Interesting how the MRI work confirms some of the theories in that.
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