Alissa Mrazek


Alissa is a fifth year doctoral student in both the Social area and the Brain, Behavior, Cognition area within the Psychology Department. She completed her undergraduate work in psychology and Spanish literature at Cornell University. Alissa primarily studies how growth mindsets (e.g. believing our abilities and attributes are malleable and can improve with practice) affect behavior. Her research has focused on two domains: (1) examining how growth mindsets of sociability influence cooperation with outgroup members, and (2) examining how growth mindsets of self-control influence persistence, executive functioning, and well-being broadly. Alissa is highly interested in intervention research, and is currently conducting an intensive, longitudinal intervention to examine the personal and interpersonal benefits of instilling such mindsets.

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