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Title: Moderations involving stereotype threat and stereotype lift
Author: Kinshuck, Samuel
ISNI:       0000 0004 8499 9295
Awarding Body: Royal Holloway, University of London
Current Institution: Royal Holloway, University of London
Date of Award: 2017
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Stereotype threat refers to the performance decrement that is typically experienced following exposure to a negative ingroup stereotype. Conversely, stereotype lift refers to the performance enhancement that people typically exhibit when exposed to a positive ingroup stereotype. The current thesis sought to investigate variables that moderate - or whose effects are moderated by - exposure to stereotype threat or stereotype lift. Experiments 1, 2, 3 and 4 provided evidence for the hypothesis that the impact of positive and negative stereotypes on task performance is moderated by regulatory focus (promotion vs. prevention) and motivational state (challenge vs. threat). Experiments 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 examined the effect of stereotype threat on belief in man-made global warming, both directly and through interactions with a variety of variables: implicit theories of ability, temperature, and the content or framing of a message about man-made global warming. Experiments 11, 12 and 13 examined the extent to which the effects of public and private self-consciousness and self-awareness (the state version of self-consciousness) vary as a function of stereotype threat. In experiments 11 and 12, the 'source' of the stereotype threat to which participants were exposed was manipulated - that is, participants were induced to be concerned about displaying stereotypical behaviour to themselves (self-as-source stereotype threat) or to others (other-as-source stereotype threat). As a whole, the results of these experiments indicate that the effects of stereotype threat and stereotype lift are not equivalent across situations, but rather interact with a range of contextual factors in exerting their effects on important outcome variables. The theoretical significance of these findings is discussed.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Stereotype Threat ; Regulatory Focus ; Challenge ; Global Warming ; Self-Awareness ; Self-Consciousness