Stereotype threat and ingroup perceptions

Sorensen, Danielle (2012). Stereotype threat and ingroup perceptions Honours Thesis, School of Psychology, The University of Queensland.

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Author Sorensen, Danielle
Thesis Title Stereotype threat and ingroup perceptions
School, Centre or Institute School of Psychology
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 2012-10-10
Thesis type Honours Thesis
Supervisor Courtney von Hippel
Total pages 83
Language eng
Subjects 1701 Psychology
Abstract/Summary The current study investigated how stereotype threat would influence women’s implicit and explicit perceptions of other women and men. Sixty female participants were randomly allocated to either a stereotype threat or no threat condition, whereby a brief passage designed to elicit stereotype threat was read by those in the threat condition. All participants then viewed headshots of male and female targets, while their facial muscle activity was measured using electromyography. They were then involved in role playing the part of an upper level manager where they evaluated a male and female job candidate on various dimensions. It was predicted that the stereotype threatened participants would attempt to distance themselves from the source of threat, and thus show less spontaneous facial mimicry of the female targets, and provide poorer evaluations of the female job candidate compared to the male. No effect of stereotype threat was found for women’s explicit ingroup preferences, however, an effect on their implicit perception was found. Participants in the threat condition displayed more genuine smiles in response to the male smiling faces compared to the female facial displays. Explanations for these findings along with implications and directions for future research are discussed.
Keyword Stereotype threat
Ingroup perceptions

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