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Dr. Angela Duckworth

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Associate Professr of Psychology

University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Angela Duckworth is an associate professor in the Center for Positive Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania.  Dr. Duckworth studies competencies other than general intelligence that predict academic and professional achievement.  Her research centers on self-control (the ability to regulate emotions, thoughts, and feelings in the service of valued goals) and grit (perseverance and sustained interest in long-term goals).  Her research on grit and achievement was completed, in part, through studying Cadets at the United States Military Academy.  Dr. Duckworth is particularly interested in the subjective experience of exerting self-control and grit – and conscious strategies which facilitate adaptive behavior in the face of temptation, frustration, and distraction.  Dr. Duckworth earned a BA in Neurobiology from Harvard University, and her MA and Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania.