We examine students’ self- report of task difficulty in conjunction with self-reported affect state, performance, and calculated item difficulty. Students who self-reported having a growth mindset learning orientation behaved more similarly to how we would expect students with a performance goal orientation to behave. Further, by distinguishing between excitement and interest as separate emotions our data suggest a possible refinement of flow state.

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Wixon, N. (Naomi), Schultz, S. (Sarah), Allessio, D. (Danielle), Muldner, K, Burlesson, W. (Winslow), Woolf, B. (Beverly), & Arroyo, I. (Ivon). (2016). When the going gets tough…: Challenge, emotions, and difference of perspective. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-39583-8