HUD/PSYCH Trivia Results (October 2007)

Who receives this month’s helping of fame and candy? Read on for October’s trivia answers and winners!

Question: When a member of a group is worried about being judged according to a stereotype, this can negatively affect his or her performance.  What do social psychologists call this phenomenon?
Answer: Brittany Broder is not just our featured Research Assistant. She is also one of several students who knew (not surprisingly given her work with Dr. Burns) that stereotype threat is when there is a negative stereotype about one’s own group.  Individuals feel the threat of being evaluated according to the stereotype, which negatively impacts their performance.  For example, women will underperform on a math test if they are worried that they are being judged according to the women and math stereotype.  Great job Brittany!