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Thisstudy examined how verbal priming of success or failure words influenced theMental Rotation MR performance of women under stereotype threat. Womenathletes and non-athletes N = 67completed several MR tasks after doing a word scramble that included positiveor negative sports terms. The MR performance of athletes was diminished inrelation to that of non-athletes when primed with negative sports-relatedactions. Negative primes also enhanced the performance of non-athletes inrelation to their peers who had positive primes, but there were no differencesin MR performances under positive priming. Thus, those who identified with agroup experienced threat that negatively impacted performance, but non-athleteswere unlikely to have been affected by evaluative performance concerns.


Mental Rotation, Women’s Cognitive Abilities, Stereotype Threat

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Ryan, L. , Brownlow, S. & Patterson, B. 2015. Women’s Mental Rotation Abilities as a Function of Priming. Psychology, 6, 217-222. doi: 10.4236-psych.2015.63021.

Author: Leah R. Ryan, Sheila Brownlow*, Benjamin Patterson

Source: http://www.scirp.org/


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