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 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.