Posted July 1, 2012 by Editorial Staff in 2012
 
 

The Stereotype Threat

Barbara Rodgers talks to Stanford University Professor, Claude Steele about his research on stereotypes and his book, Whistling Vivaldi.


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The Bounce Report host Barbara Rodgers talks to Stanford University Professor, Claude Steele about his research on stereotypes and his book, Whistling Vivaldi. Steele is currently the I. James Quillen Dean for the School of Education. (Written and produced by Barbara Rodgers/Jan Mabry – July 2012, 03:38)

Social psychologist Claude Steele’s groundbreaking research goes to the root of the achievement gaps in American society… whether it’s in the classroom, in the workplace… even on the playing field. He calls it “the stereotype threat.”

He explained, “It will cause you to ruminate and to worry, elevate your blood pressure, interfere with your working memory, it’s like any kind of stress… it’s very disruptive, you start to worry and get concerned and nervous, and distracted.”

Steele has reached some powerful conclusions about the deleterious effects of stereotypes on our intellectual performance, sports performance, and our relationships.

You can learn more about the Stereotype Threat in Professor Steele’s book on the subject: Whistling Vivaldi, How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do.

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