Science Inspires Series Features Zimny and Stereotype Threat

Posted on 1/20/2016 12:02:47 PM

This semester’s Science Inspires Series begins with a faculty talk from Susan Zimny of the Psychology Department.  She will present “Stereotype Threat: What the Research Often Ignores,” at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 4, 2016, in 107 Weyandt Hall.

This talk is part of an ongoing lecture series presented by the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.  

More information about Zimny’s lecture is included below:

Stereotype Threat: What the Research Often Ignores

Stereotype threat is a “hot topic” in psychological research with implications for all who teach complex material. Stereotype threat is a situational (e.g., academic test taking context) predicament in which people are or feel themselves to be at risk of confirming negative stereotypes about their social group (e.g., “women are not good at math”). In efforts to understand this pervasive phenomenon, clever designs have probed basic aspects of human cognition such as working memory. However, two studies presented here demonstrate that a thorough and deep understand of the knowledge content in which stereotype threat performance declines occur may be a central, explanatory and often neglected issue.