Stereotype Threat: Definition, Examples & Theories


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Stereotype threat causes students who are reminded of negative stereotypes about their race or gender to

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1. Researcher Steven Spencer discovered that if women are first told that women and men perform equally as well on a challenging test,

2. When told that Asian students typically outperform other students on math tests,

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Stereotype threat is a self-confirming belief that one may be evaluated based on a negative stereotype, and this quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of the concept. You'll be assessed on your understanding of the different theories of stereotype threat as well as its causes and effects.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on your knowledge of:

  • Psychology
  • Stereotype threat
  • Stereotypes
  • Theories of stereotype threat
  • Important figures and their works

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related psychology lesson
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately identify important figures, such as Steven Spencer
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding stereotype threat
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about stereotype threat

Additional Learning

To learn more about psychology, review the accompanying lesson entitled Stereotype Threat: Definition, Examples & Theories. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Learn the definition of stereotype threat
  • Understand how stereotype threat affects minorities
  • Understand different theories of stereotype threat
  • Know the important researchers and their work