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Stereotype Threat Impairs the Creativity

04-29-2011 11:45 AM CET | Science & Education

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What are the most likely mediators of stereotype threat effects? Dr. Beate Seibt found in her research, how the prevention focus plays a role in many stereotype threat effects:
1. diminished speed due to stronger concern for accuracy
2. impairment of creative insight processes
3. impairment of creative generation processes
4. a conservative answering bias with a tendency to withhold answers and to insure against false alarms

"In addition, stereotype specific effects such as the over-correction effect will probably play a role whenever the stereotype is specific enough to allow the deduction of strategies. Finally, diminished working memory capacity seems to be another mediator of stereotype threat effects..."

Beate Seibt: Risky and careful processing under stereotype threat: How performance is influenced by activated self-stereotypes.
Pabst, Lengerich/Berlin, 140 pages, ISBN 3-89967-180-5

Pabst Science Publishers (Lengerich/Westfalia, Germany) is publishing ten psychological and nine medical journals; furthermore, Pabst is publishing more than hundred psychological and medical books per year – partly specialized scientific literature, partly specialist literature written for laypeople.

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