Role models are important for aspiring scientists, but new research suggests that scientists who are known for their hard work — like Thomas Edison — are more motivating than scientists who are viewed as naturally brilliant, like Albert Einstein. In a series of studies, researchers found that young people were more motivated by scientists whose success was associated with effort than those whose success was attributed to innate, exceptional intelligence, even if that scientist was Albert Einstein. The findings were recently published in Basic and Applied Social PsychologyLearn More