Stereotype Threat In Boys Academic Underachievement?

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Stereotype threat is situation where individuals are at risk of confirming or accepting negative stereotype about their respective group. Stereotype threat research has become more popular in the science fields, especially in the psychology and neuroscience areas of focus. Stereotype threat research has broadened into several important focus areas. These focus areas of stereotype threat consist of academics, memory loss, and athletic and work-related performances. Stereotype threats typically have a negative impact or effect on someone. But, due to increased recent research, it has been proven that stereotype threat can have a positive effect on one’s mental state. This is according to research conducted by Dr. Sarah J. Barber in 2015 on stereotype threat and its positive impact or capabilities. Dr. Sarah J. Barber is a researcher at the University of Southern California at Davis and one of the main contributors to stereotype threat research, especially when relating to the biology field and neuroscience. For the research that was conducted, several research examples were selected due to their relatability to the field of neuroscience, especially in biology. …show more content…
In this experiment, researchers used and completed three studies to examine the role of stereotype threat in boys’ academic underachievement. Study One showed that girls from age 4 and boys from age 7 share the same thoughts as adults as girls believe that they are inferior to boys academically. Study two informed children 7-8 that boys bend to do worse than girls at school. This proved to hinder the boys’ academic performance on a reading, writing and math test given after being informed, but did not affect the girls’ performance. Study three counteracted that stereotype threat and informed children from 6-9 that boys and girls were expected to performed similarly, and this improved boys’

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