Whistling Vivaldi by Claude M. Steele Behave by Robert M. Sapolsky Gödel, Escher, Bach by Douglas R. Hofstadter Mind, Language And Society by John. In , Steele published his first book, Whistling Vivaldi and Other Clues to How Stereotypes Affect Us, as part of the Issues of. Acclaimed social psychologist Claude Steele offers an insider’s look at his groundbreaking findings on stereotypes and identity. Through dramatic personal .

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At Hiram CollegeSteele’s passion for reading novels led to an interest in how the individual faces the social world. He also lays out a plan to minimize the impact. If you remind them of their gender, then they underperform, being affected by that negative stereotype. And I think, in some ways, it’s some of the more compelling evidence of the existence of stereotype threat in real life that a couple of strategies, both passing, where people change their names, or if they have the appearance to do it, shift from being black to being white; representing themselves as white to avoid the experience of being negatively stereotyped.

They got this group of males from Princeton I think, I would need to check and they got them to play a round of mini-golf. Strongly recommend this book to anyone with political views, who is in education, or who interacts with people–yeah, like, everyone. Well, because they suffer under a socially constructed stereotype threat that says black people are stupid. Steele 3 14 Jul 31, This book centers around the concept of “stereotype threat”.

Some identities have a lot more negative connotations than others. Experimental results are nearly always presented as clear, binary answers. Set up a giveaway.

A short and yet still too long synthesis of studies around the idea of identity threat that contains interesting research but sadly fails utterly as a book. It’s the extra ghost slaying that is in their way. And this goes to white sprinters, you vivalldi found out when they’re posed against black sprinters – and let me read you a quote from later in the book: Product details File Size: May 03, Ann rated it liked it.


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Stereotypes Affect Us Academically Chapter 7: If you remind them of their ethnicity, then they don’t underperform in relation to men. Im Neal Conan in Washington.

And the conversation came up that gee, we couldn’t go to the swimming pool that was three or so blocks away, in a white neighborhood, and that we’d have to except on Wednesday afternoon. Inhe moved to the University of Michiganwhere claufe was professor of psychology for four years. I guess if you live on a planet of homogeneous white men you can skip it.

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He documents another study in which female math students had improved scores after being exposed to positive female math role models. And you write later in the book that, in fact, had someone sat you down at that age and said son, let me tell you about discrimination, that you would have listened politely for a little while. If an individual can learn to, for example, care less about what other people think or be less worried about social embarrassment, can stereotype threats be reduced?

Microaggressions in Everyday Life: Race, Gender, and Sexual Orientation. I could not get away from the unfortunate combination of being academic and Asian, but I made a point to dye my hair ridiculous colors and publicly and graphically brag about lesbian rendezvous.

Apr 23, Jordan Kirkwood rated it it was amazing. And I said, well, I was from Southeast Ohio. As you Claude Steele puts it in his book, you’re not only doing the test or whatever it is, you’re slaying a ghost.

Whistling Vivaldi: And Other Clues to How Stereotypes Affect Us by Claude M. Steele

Alcohol and social behavior I: What I got from Whistling Vivaldi was the refreshing perspective that I am not constantly on trial. And the reason for that became because we were black, because we were African-American. This book was written by the guy who not only started a lot of this research into stereotype threat off, that is, the notion that being placed in a situation that might have you confirm a stereotype that is held about the group of people to whom you happen to belong is likely to diminish your performance.


Let’s get some callers in on the conversation. Are they doubly threatened? That is, is their mistake meaningless or completely consequential?

At the time, there were many academics who were willing to entertain the possibility that certain groups of people were simply mentally inferior to other groups, for genetic reasons. At last there is theory and evidence to explain under-performance by various groups in academic and professional settings that does not fall back on the idea that, for example, women simply aren’t as good as men at math and science, that black students can’t hack it in university, that older workers are simply inferior to younger workers.

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It’s an idea called critical mass. In addition to learning new skills, whitling, and ways of thinking in a schooling situation, or in addition to trying to perform well in a workplace like the women in the high-tech firms, you are also trying to slay a ghost in the room, the negative stereotype and its allegation about you and your group.

The main idea of value that I gained from this book came in chapter 9 when the author surmised that “Interestingly, top-down decision making with stress on basic skills didn’t work well in these schools. In the second half of the book, Steele details some of the ways that teachers and policymakers might curb the influence of stereotypes.

But that hasn’t I haven’t had the experience of ever underperforming in my field. One of the most influential books I’ve ever read.

Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. It also stressed me out in its futility over the individual’s ability to control this “stereotype threat.

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Media related to Claude Steele at Wikimedia Commons. But when she went to school, her teachers said she had a notable difficulty in solving problems. The individual student doesn’t need to subscribe to the stereotype for it to have an impact on the student. Accessibility links Skip to main content Keyboard shortcuts for audio player.