An interesting report has emerged from an experiment conducted by Psychology professor Carol Dweck. https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2016/jun/19/how-understanding-the-brain-affects-learning-potential. Believing in the potential for growth keeps us studying and developing, engaging in new subjects and skills. If we believe that our brain is “fixed” we will focus more on areas and skills where we are already competent.
Although we tend to think of autism as a lifelong condition, one scientist is challenging this belief by studying how people with autism can “retrain” their brain to overcome the condition. Dr James Cusack, himself diagnosed with autism at age 12 and told he would never lead a normal independent life, is now a married father with a PhD.