Term of Award

Summer 2011

Degree Name

Master of Science in Experimental Psychology (M.S.)

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (open access)

Department

Department of Psychology

Committee Chair

Amy A. Hackney

Committee Member 1

Kent Bodily

Committee Member 2

Janice N. Steirn

Abstract

Situational anxiety surrounding performance has been shown to adversely impact task performance by members of negatively stereotyped groups, creating a stereotype threat effect. This study tested the hypothesis that the anticipation of being stereotyped, known as stigma consciousness, is one of many contributing factors to the expression of stereotype threat effects. One area in which stereotype threat has been shown to exist is in the domain of mathematics, with females being negatively stereotyped in the subject and often underperforming relative to males. In this study, male and female participants were presented with a stereotype prime manipulation and then asked to complete a mathematical assessment and the Stigma Consciousness questionnaire. Results failed to replicate past research or lend support to the primary hypothesis. Limitations of the study as well as future directions are discussed.

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