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Stereotype Threat and the Gender Gap in Political Knowledge
Fri, September 29, 2006 • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM • GEB 3.312
Dr. Matt McGlone: "Stereotype Threat and the Gender Gap in Political Knowledge" Friday, Sept. 29, 12-1pm in GEB 3.312 - Dean's Conference Room Surveys of political knowledge contained in the National Election Studies and National Household Education Survey/Youth Interviews have demonstrated a stable gender gap over the last 30 years favoring males at every level of education. The persistence of this knowledge gap, despite females' changing educational circumstances, has led some political scientists to suggest that the gap reflects enduring gender differences in information-processing. Dr. Matt McGlone will suggest that the gap more likely reflects alterable situational factors than stable gender differences in cognition; specifically, McGlone makes the case that cues operating in the NES and NHES interview protocols render the survey context intellectually threatening to women and thereby impair their performance via "stereotype threat." Dr. Matt McGlone is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communications Studies.