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How Mistakes Can Make You Smarter


Science & Tech  (tags: research, How, Mistakes Can, Make You, Smarter )

Agnes
- 991 days ago - psychologytoday.com
OK, nobody wants to make mistakes -- but how you react to them makes a big difference in whether you learn from them. Two new studies looked at what happens in people's brains as they make mistakes. One used college students performing a computer task;



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Freya H. (304)
Saturday December 10, 2011, 6:40 pm
From experience, I can tell you that mistakes can be your friends. Often times they are your best teachers, because you are more inclined to remember something when you make a boo-boo. Also, learn from other people's mistakes - nobody is creative enough to make them all.
 

Shan D. (49)
Saturday December 10, 2011, 10:11 pm
As somebody who put in many, MANY hours a day practicing the spinet organ for music exams, I know that making mistakes that I should not have made resulted in my being extremely angry at myself. My stress levels went way up, and I kept blaming myself for being so stupid. The criteria for passing these exams was extremely strict, and very few examiners were forgiving (although one kind lady was generous toward my errors by saying Chopin sounded better on a piano anyway!).

I found learning music by note-reading to be difficult, as I am naturally a "learn by ear" musician. To me, music either feels "right" or it feels "forced." Somebody can be note-perfect and still a boring musician. It's not only accuracy that matters - it's the feeling the player adds of him/herself. This is what my mistakes taught me.
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday December 11, 2011, 7:15 pm
I own my mistakes, and I have learned from them all. It is the only way to push out beyond boundaries of learning.
 

Lisa W. (0)
Sunday December 11, 2011, 7:30 pm
Mistakes are wonderful teachers. I have learned so much from mistakes with people in general, friends, family members, neighbors, etc.
 

Maria T. (4)
Sunday December 11, 2011, 7:44 pm
Personally I hate making mistakes, specially public ones. ^_^ But I guess those mistakes help us grow. That is, if you learn from them.
 

Jo Asprec (0)
Monday December 12, 2011, 3:25 am
thanks for sharing.
 

Birgit S. (0)
Monday December 12, 2011, 6:57 am
I'm afraid, I don't learn from most of my mistakes, because most of them happen when I'm not concentrated at what I'm doing. And the next time, I'm tired, or bored, or something that disturbs my concentration, it'll happen again :(
 

Sue Matheson (70)
Monday December 12, 2011, 8:36 am
thanks.
 

Carmen S. (611)
Monday December 12, 2011, 8:50 am
Thanks Agnes, had a wonderful mentor who always said there were no mistakes, only opportunities, and I think he was right in that.
 

Frank S. (457)
Monday December 12, 2011, 9:39 am
If mistakes can make you smarter, then I must be a genius! Lol!
 

Roger M. (0)
Monday December 12, 2011, 11:54 am
Didn't we all learn our greatest lessons from the mistakes we made?

And so our mistakes can become great blessings in our lives.

Just not too great at the time, is all.
 

Holly Lawrence (473)
Monday December 12, 2011, 2:54 pm
Gosh..ain't that the truth ....:)
 

june t. (65)
Monday December 12, 2011, 10:41 pm
The worst thing about making mistakes is if you make them in front of someone. But I have learned a lot from my mistakes.
 

Nikhil V. (8)
Tuesday December 13, 2011, 3:33 am
Thanks for this article.
 

KS Goh (0)
Tuesday December 13, 2011, 5:20 am
Thanks for the article.
 

Miles M. (4)
Tuesday December 13, 2011, 3:52 pm
Making mistakes is how you learn.
 

Gloria H. (88)
Tuesday December 13, 2011, 7:19 pm
fatal accidents could be mistakes learned in the next life.
 

Henriette Matthijssen (143)
Tuesday December 13, 2011, 8:42 pm
Life is full of lessons to be learned! It is by mistakes that those valuable lessons are learned! Thanks Agnes.
 

William K. (328)
Saturday December 17, 2011, 10:57 am
This is the primary way that I have learned all that I know...
 
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