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Psychology’s Palumbo Co-authors Publication on Test Perception and Performance

Posted on 3/26/2014 3:44:55 PM

Mark Palumbo, Department of Psychology, with a colleague from Wright State University, published “Do Test Perceptions Influence Test Performance? Exploring Stereotype Threat Theory” in the North American Journal of Psychology (Vol 16, No 1, 1-12).

As noted in the article abstract, the “study results indicated that ... Blacks scored lower than Whites on a cognitive ability test. However, inconsistent with the underpinnings of stereotype threat theory ... results demonstrated that misperceptions of what the test measured were related to test score differences. Thus, if stereotype threat is a viable explanation for racial differences in test scores, there must be factors other than the specific assumptions regarding test perceptions, identified by the theory, which cause or trigger stereotype threat.” 

Department of Psychology