How to Tell If Someone Will Succeed

Wed, 10/26/2016

Melissa Ferguson, professor and chair of psychology, writes about the disconnect between intentions and actions in this Time story, with co-author Clayton R. Critcher, associate professor at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.

"When people are directly asked how important they think it is to succeed at some goal, they are reporting their 'explicit beliefs.' "they write. "Such beliefs may largely reflect people’s aspirations, such as their sincere intentions to buckle down and study hard this semester, but these may not always map onto their subsequent inclination to persist."