Metabolomics platform development for biomarker detection in mindset learning

Principal Investigator: Prof William Chen Wei Ning, ​School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering
Co-Investigators: A/P Annabel Chen, Deputy Director, Centre for Research and Development in Learning (CRADLE@NTU); Betsy Ng, Research Scientist, CRADLE@NTU
Research Assistant: Low Yi Hua, CRADLE@NTU
Funding Agency: CRADLE@NTU start-up grant
American educator Carol Dweck believed through the “growth mindset” theory that a person’s intelligence can be developed with hard work and human effort. This opposes the “fixed mindset” theory, which she as well popularised, to describe human intelligence as fixed, limited, and innate. Of these two contrasting theories on human intelligence, the former has been the more welcome contribution in understanding and promoting motivation for learning and academic progress.
The Centre for Research and Development in Learning (CRADLE@NTU) takes the “growth mindset” learning approach to an applied research that intends to address the students’ vulnerabilities about their supposed weaknesses and limitations. The Centre endeavours to utilise an evidence-based online intervention that would impact students’ “growth mindset” and drive their motivation in higher education.
In partnership with the School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering, CRADLE@NTU embarks on a profiling study that would generate 120 Research Psychology student-participants’ measures of belief in mindset, academic resilience, and academic goals. Participants’ saliva samples would also be collected and analysed. These are supposedly rich in biologically relevant compounds to detect one’s biological state or condition.
Results of this research would promote students’ cognitive, academic, and behavioural skill development through intermarrying educational and psychobiological perspectives. The application of growth mindset online intervention would hopefully facilitate students’ resilience and mastery in higher education settings.