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Stereotype Threat

Why We're Wrong About Affirmative Action: Stereotypes, Testing and the 'Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations'

William A. Darity Jr. | Posted 07.28.2014 | College
William A. Darity Jr.

There is little reason to believe that the widely held claim that black and Latino students enter selective universities as comparatively inferior students will not cease to rear its ugly head. It is a pervasive stereotype that minority students must face from matriculation to graduation.

Why Is the Math Gender Gap So Much Worse in the US Than in Other Countries?

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 07.05.2014 | Women
Soraya Chemaly

In most countries, girls outperform boys in math. However, in the US, boys uniformly best girls. We are joined in the low-performing bottom three by Liechtenstein and Columbia. While we have the greater problem that math and science education in the US seriously lags that of other nations, we must face the fact that that lag is also the product of gender inequities.

The Power of Suggestion: Stay Positive About Aging

Rachel Adelson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Rachel Adelson

In any case, my friends, maybe we should ease up on the memory jokes. They may be making matters worse... and remember that aging, if we're lucky, is universal. One day, it could be you at the butt end of that negative stereotype.

Soup Kitchen Psychology: Nourishment For Impoverished Thinking

Wray Herbert | Posted 11.11.2013 | Science
Wray Herbert

Poverty is emotionally crushing, and stigma only adds to that burden. The poor are often disparaged as lazy and incompetent -- unable or unwilling to improve their own lot. Why don't they make better decisions for themselves?

New Research Shows Positive Interventions Help Latino Students Confront the 'Stereotype Threat'

Michaela Pommells | Posted 05.14.2013 | Latino Voices
Michaela Pommells

Although multicultural education has sometimes proven to be an effective means of supporting the school experiences of students of color, this study shows that psychological intervention has a positive impact on the academic achievement of Latino students.

Why You Shouldn't Be Afraid Of Your 'Senior Moments'

Susan Krauss Whitbourne | Posted 02.20.2013 | Fifty
Susan Krauss Whitbourne

Everyone, at any age, forgets. Your senior moment may be no different than the junior moments you've had your whole life.

Joy Resmovits

Reassuring Kids About Failure Boosts Scores, Says Study

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 03.13.2012 | Education

Every day for the last four years, Leah Alcala has greeted her Berkeley, California, middle-school students with an exercise she calls "my favorite no...

Cara Santa Maria

WATCH: You Are Not Too Pretty To Do Math--Or Science!

HuffingtonPost.com | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 04.06.2012 | Science

2012-02-08-jdjgidjfidjfidijfdfcnvmnmvcnvmcnvmcbvcvbmcbvmcbv.jpgWomen make up just about half of the American workforce, but we hold less than a quarter of the STEM jobs. Why is that?

Why Women Rule At Negotiation

Tara Sophia Mohr | Posted 03.12.2012 | Women
Tara Sophia Mohr

Women, can you change your vision of a what a highly skilled negotiator looks like, to a picture that looks more like you?

Confidence Matters Just as Much as Ability

Scott Barry Kaufman | Posted 03.10.2012 | Science
Scott Barry Kaufman

A bulk of research shows that when people are put in situations where they are expected to fail, their performance does plummet. They turn into different people. Their head literally shuts down, and they end up confirming the expectations.

Context, Gender, and Why Riley's Right to Be Pissed Off About Toys

Sam Sommers | Posted 03.06.2012 | Parents
Sam Sommers

Behavioral science has now shown us that many of the gender differences we habitually chalk up to biology or evolution aren't as set in stone as we assume.