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Sally is taking AP Calculus and is very anxious that she won't do well. On her first test, Sally scores a 60%. She is discouraged, but decides that that she could study harder. For the unit 2 test, Sally studies more and this time scores a 63%. She decides to try harder and study even longer for unit 3. Sally scores a 59% on that test.

At this point, Sally decides that Calculus isn't for her and she just isn't smart enough to learn it.

What psychological concept explains what Sally is feeling?


Internal locus of control


Learned helplessness


Spotlight effect


Self serving bias

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