Our Work

Our lab focuses on two traits that predict achievement: grit and self-control. Grit is the tendency to sustain interest in and effort toward very long-term goals (Duckworth et al., 2007). Self-control is the voluntary regulation of behavioral, emotional, and attentional impulses in the presence of momentarily gratifying temptations or diversions (Duckworth & Seligman, 2005; Duckworth & Steinberg, manuscript submitted for publication). On average, individuals who are gritty are more self-controlled, but the correlation between these two traits is not perfect: Some individuals are paragons of grit but not self-control, and some exceptionally well-regulated individuals are not especially gritty (Duckworth & Gross, 2014). 

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Recent interest in grit has spawned a number of for-profit ventures including questionnaires, workshops, and books. To be clear, our lab does NOT collaborate with or endorse any for-profit, commercial entities to disseminate our research findings or measures. Instead, we are committed to providing what we produce at no cost to educational and research partners. Explore our website resources to learn more.