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Mindset Scholar Andrei Cimpian and his collaborator, Sarah-Jane Leslie, recently contributed an article to the New York Times discussing findings from their new study, just published in Science magazine, that explores how young children endorse stereotypes about intelligence.

The researchers found that six-year-old girls are less likely than boys their age to believe that members of their gender are “really, really smart.” Girls also tend to avoid activities that they are told are meant for very smart children. The findings suggest that ideas about intelligence are manifested in young children and can have real consequences for the types of activities they engage in.

For more details on the study, check out our research brief.

The study has been widely covered by the media and has generated several additional articles, if you’d like to learn more:

The Atlantic: 6-year-old girls already have gendered beliefs about intelligence

The Guardian: Girls believe brilliance is a male trait, research into gender stereotypes shows

Huffington Post: Girls start doubting their own brilliance as young as 6, researchers say

NPR: Young girls are less apt to think women are really, really smart

Washington Post: Little girls doubt women can be brilliant, study shows

Mindshift KQED: At age 6, girls are less likely to identify females as ‘really really smart’

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