Stereotype condition, which was if their gender identity

Stereotype threat is explained when groups that are marginalized do worst on a test compared to white men because they are scared to perpetuate the stereotype of their group competing at a lower standard. As of now, there is a great amount of evidence from previous research that has studied specific target groups to say with confidence that stereotype threat has an effect on the performance level. However, another spin to the stereotype threat was personal/social identity. They hypothesized that people who care a great deal about performing well and/or have a high social identity to a particular group will possibly be more affected by stereotype threat.The experiment is going to test if gender identity was a moderator to the stereotype threat when their self-identity mention is stereotyped to a particular task. The participants were college students with similar academic levels who took a self-esteem, which was used to tell how important gender identification was to individuals. There were no differences in how people rated their identification between gender. In the actually experiment there were 2 groups students were placed in, the Gender Identity Not Relevant condition and the Gender Identity Relevant condition. Everyone was given a Trait Anxiety Inventory to measure their anxiety and everyone one was stress for the importance of their math performance. The only difference was in the Relevance condition, which was if their gender identity would affect the test by how women compare to the men’s math ability.The results were looked at from different outlooks; the number of answers correct, questions attempt, percentage correct out of attempt and anxiety. The results revealed that women in the Gender Relevant Group performance were affected when they score high in gender identification. This affected their answers attempted but their accuracy in those number attempted was so different from the men. There were no significant differences between gender in the Non-Relevance group and the women in the Relevance Group with low self-identification. Moreover, anxiety was not a confound to the results. The article stresses that it is prevalent that more people look at how self-identity affects how groups become affected by a stereotype threat. Some possible limitations that were stated were how people view oneself, automatic behavior mechanism. For example, a man could identify with a more feminine identity and for a woman, a masculine identity. So the article suggests looking more into what stereotypes affect which type of people. Also, researchers could look into how participants distract themselves from being stereotyped after experiencing a stereotype threat.