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

Weger U. W. , Hooper N., Meier B. P. , Hopthrow T.

CONSCIOUSNESS AND COGNITION, cilt.21, sa.1, ss.471-475, 2012 (SSCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier identifier

  • Yayın Türü: Makale / Tam Makale
  • Cilt numarası: 21 Konu: 1
  • Basım Tarihi: 2012
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1016/j.concog.2011.10.011
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.471-475


Individuals who experience stereotype threat - the pressure resulting from social comparisons 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 working-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. Crown Copyright (C) 2011 Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.