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Do You Answer The Question Or The Person Asking?

I just saw this interesting post titled “How a Self-Fulfilling Stereotype Can Drag Down Performance” by Shankar Vedantam from Washington Post’s Department of Human Behavior. ┬áThe article talks about how “stereotype threat” can affect our responses to a challenge, and consequently, our performance.

Here is one experiment described in the article:

Sociologist Min-Hsuing Huang recently decided to ask . . . → Read More: Do You Answer The Question Or The Person Asking?

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How Are You Primed Today?

Picture this. You walk from home to the movie theatre which is a block away. You watch a movie that has a very sombre story involving a lot of old people and the problems they face. Then you walk back home. The next day, you do the exact same thing, except this time, you watch an . . . → Read More: How Are You Primed Today?

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How Eyewitnesses Are Affected By Confessions

I was just browsing through my Google Reader this morning, and this MedicalNewsToday article caught my eye.

There is an experiment described in the article. A group of volunteers take part in a test. In the test, they are made to believe that they saw a laptop being stolen. They are then asked to identify who stole it, . . . → Read More: How Eyewitnesses Are Affected By Confessions

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Implicit Association Tests: Do You Know What You Really Think?

While listening to the audio book “Blink” by Malcolm Gladwell (review coming soon), I came across some examples of IAT tests. These are tests where you are shown some pictures and asked to quickly put them into two or more categories. These categories are associated with attributes such as ethnicity, career, lifestyle, etc. These tests show . . . → Read More: Implicit Association Tests: Do You Know What You Really Think?

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