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Scholars Day: April 10, 2013

Does Teaching Women About Stereotype Threat Reduce Its Effects on Math Performance?

Stereotype threat occurs when people have anxiety about conforming to a negative stereotype about their group, which subsequently results in lower performance. One well-known stereotype states women are not as skilled at math as men. The current study explores how to reduce the effects of stereotype threat on women’s performance in mathematics. 50 male and female college students complete a math test in either a control condition or in one of two stereotype threat reducing conditions (self-affirmation or teaching). The results show there were no differences in test performance between the three conditions. This is contradictory to previous research; however more research is necessary to find ways to reduce stereotype threat.

Presenter: Nicole Fuller (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Psychology
Location: 216 Hartwell
Time: 1:15 pm (Session III)
Please note that presentation times are approximate. If you are interested in attending sessions with multiple presentations, please be in the room at the start of the session.