Mindful maths: Reducing the impact of stereotype threat through a mindfulness exercise

Weger, U.W. and Hooper, N and Meier, B.P. and Hopthrow, T. (2012) Mindful maths: Reducing the impact of stereotype threat through a mindfulness exercise. Consciousness and Cognition, 21 (1). pp. 471-475. ISSN 1053-8100. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.concog.2011.10.011

Abstract

Individuals who experience stereotype threat – the pressure resulting from social compar- isons that are perceived as unfavourable – show performance decrements across a wide range of tasks. One account of this effect is that the cognitive pressure triggered by such threat drains the same cognitive (or working-memory) resources that are implicated in the respective task. The present study investigates whether mindfulness can be used to moderate stereotype threat, as mindfulness has previously been shown to alleviate work- ing-memory load. Our results show that performance decrements that typically occur under stereotype threat can indeed be reversed when the individual engages in a brief (5 min) mindfulness task. The theoretical implications of our findings are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: Mindfulness; Stereotype threat
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology > Social Psychology
Depositing User: Tim Hopthrow
Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2012 13:50
Last Modified: 27 Jul 2012 09:46
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/29202 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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