Event Title

Social Comparison and Shifting in Quantitative Performance

Presenter Information

Ashlee Pardo

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

College

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Location

SMSU Event Center BC

Faculty Mentor

Dr. Donna Garcia

Start Date

5-16-2019 9:30 AM

End Date

5-16-2019 11:00 AM

Abstract

Past studies by Shih and colleagues (1999) and Cheryan and Bodenhausen (2000) have produced conflicting results in terms of positive stereotypes enhancing and impairing performance in mathematics among Asian-American women. The current study aims to examine a potential reason for this discrepancy. In a sample of Latino men, we examine how cues that make people aware of their gender or ethnic identities might influence their performance on mathematics test depending on whether their identity is positively or negatively stereotyped in mathematics, and whether they are induced to make intergroup or intragroup comparisons. Results will show that gender salient with the Shih method will lead to better performance on the mathematics test. And in contrast, gender salient with the Cheryan method will lead to worse performance on the mathematics test. Results will have important implications for understanding the consequences of positive stereotypes and its effect depending on the direction of the comparison.

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May 16th, 9:30 AM May 16th, 11:00 AM

Social Comparison and Shifting in Quantitative Performance

SMSU Event Center BC

Past studies by Shih and colleagues (1999) and Cheryan and Bodenhausen (2000) have produced conflicting results in terms of positive stereotypes enhancing and impairing performance in mathematics among Asian-American women. The current study aims to examine a potential reason for this discrepancy. In a sample of Latino men, we examine how cues that make people aware of their gender or ethnic identities might influence their performance on mathematics test depending on whether their identity is positively or negatively stereotyped in mathematics, and whether they are induced to make intergroup or intragroup comparisons. Results will show that gender salient with the Shih method will lead to better performance on the mathematics test. And in contrast, gender salient with the Cheryan method will lead to worse performance on the mathematics test. Results will have important implications for understanding the consequences of positive stereotypes and its effect depending on the direction of the comparison.