The Way We Learn From Mistakes Can Lead to Anxiety


The Way We Learn From Mistakes Can Lead to Anxiety


How we learn from erroneous expectations that we face in the real world differs from person to person. While some may develop an optimistic view of life, others may take on a more pessimistic outlook.

Psychology researchers have analyzed how predictions and expectations can affect individuals’ moods and outlooks in a controlled lab setting, but University of Miami researchers decided to investigate the ups and downs of human expectations using what matters most to undergraduate students—their exam grades.

“Whether we are conscious of it or not, we’re always forming expectations,” said Aaron Heller, senior author in the study and an associate professor in the Department of Psychology in the College of Arts & Sciences. “Whenever our expectations turned out to be wrong, they become a learning signal that we use to form better expectations in the future.”

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Kathleen Notes: Our expectations can become self-fulfilling prophecy.

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