Reviewing and revising helps you feel better about mistakes. This might be a good approach to revising writing.
Sometimes we need to make mistakes in order to learn and grow.
The reward areas of the brain activate when people learn from their mistakes, a new study finds.
People normally feel bad about mistakes and try to avoid them in future.
But sometimes we need to make mistakes in order to learn and improve.
Now neuroscientists have found that if people are given the opportunity to reflect, they could feel good about their mistakes.
Dr Giorgio Coricelli, one of the study’s authors, said:
“We show that, in certain circumstances, when we get enough information to contextualize the choices, then our brain essentially reaches towards the reinforcement mechanism, instead of turning toward avoidance.”
So, after reflecting positively on mistakes, people may not be so averse to trying something new.
In the research, people answered questions which they either got right or wrong.
Naturally, people felt bad when they got them wrong and the areas of the brain related to avoidance activated.
Subsequently, though, people were given a chance to review their mistakes.
Scientists found that people’s brain responded positively when reflecting.
Brain scans revealed the ‘reward circuit’ activating during the review.
This suggested that even mistakes can feel rewarding, given time for reflection.
The study was published in the journal Nature Communications (Palminteri et al., 2015).
By Jeremy Dean at PsyBlog
The Big Five personality framework is well-validated across cultures and popular with researchers, although it’s not as well known at the Myers Briggs. The five factors of personality that emerge with some consistency are
Openness to experience
Looking over this list, you can see why the Big Five hasn’t caught on with HR departments. The terms don’t look value-neutral. If you administer the Myers Briggs and report that someone came out as an INTJ or an ESFP, great! Neither one sounds better or worse than the other. But who wants to tell someone they tested as neurotic and disagreeable?
One dimension that the Big Five has in common with the more popular Myers Briggs is introversion vs. extroversion.
Psychologist Jeremy Dean has posted one-minute measures of introversion and neuroticism, with more to come.
Try it out!