Exposure to Scientific Theories Affects Women's Math Performance

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Science  20 Oct 2006:
Vol. 314, Issue 5798, pp. 435
DOI: 10.1126/science.1131100

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Stereotype threat occurs when stereotyped groups perform worse as their group membership is highlighted. We investigated whether stereotype threat is affected by accounts for the origins of stereotypes. In two studies, women who read of genetic causes of sex differences performed worse on math tests than those who read of experiential causes.

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