Work is the refuge of people who have nothing better to do. : Oscar Wilde

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Guys Are Better at Mathematics

The principal guy in the video is Claude Steele, one of the pioneers in the study of stereotype threat. We are easily influenced (all of us) by subtle appeals to our group memberships.

If I were a woman I wouldn't be any good at mathematics.

Here's a recent paper that discusses the relationship between Stereotype Threat and Female Communication Styles. Note the beneficial effects of self-affirmation which is often associated with cognitive behavioural therapy.