Title

Are Stereotypes True?

Abstract

Are African Americans really better at basketball than Caucasians? Are blonds really dumber than brunettes? Are women really worse at math than men? The short answer is yes. The longer answer is no. Let me explain by focusing on the stereotype that women can’t do math. At first glance, this stereotype seems to be true. For instance, men continue to outperform women on the math sections of the SAT and GRE, and men outnumber women in college math courses and math-related jobs. Surely this is evidence that women are not as good at math as men. But as this article will explain stereotypes are self-perpetuating and not only reflect but also cause performance differences between groups.

Department(s)

Psychological Science

Keywords and Phrases

Downward Comparison; Stereotype Lift; Stereotype Threat; Stereotypes

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

1877-5306

Document Type

Article - Journal

Document Version

Citation

File Type

text

Language(s)

English

Creative Commons Licensing

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