Stereotype Threat and the Nature and Nurture of Intelligence

As history teaches, very smart people can sometimes be very stupid. Psychology experiments suggest that human intelligence, which we tend to think of as quite stable, can be fragile; social factors can suppress intelligent thought, test performance and academic achievement. I will discuss a few of the suppressors, chief among them, "stereotype threat," which appears to play a role in the achievement gap between African Americans and Whites on tests and in school and between women and men on measures of math, science, and other stereotypically gendered areas of ability. I will discuss some recent work on stereotype threat, including lab experiments and field interventions.

Note: Light refreshments provided.

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Tags: outside speaker, assessment, stereotype threat
Format: presentation
Event ID: 01065

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