Whistling Vivaldi

And Other Clues to How Stereotypes Affect Us

Recommended by Athene Donald, and 1 others. See all reviews

Ranked #55 in Interactions, Ranked #66 in Social Psychology

Through dramatic personal stories, Claude Steele shares the experiments and studies that show, again and again, that exposing subjects to stereotypes—merely reminding a group of female math majors about to take a math test, for example, that women are considered naturally inferior to men at math—impairs their performance in the area affected by the stereotype. Steele’s conclusions shed new light on a host of American social phenomena, from the racial and gender gaps in standardized test scores to the belief in the superior athletic prowess of black men. Steele explicates the dilemmas that... more

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Athene Donald He demonstrated that a lot of people underperform because they expect to underperform. (Source)

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