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psy of gender- journal entry #2

psy of gender- journal entry #2 - Susan Martinez February 8...

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Susan Martinez February 8, 2011 Psychology of Gender Journal Entry #2 Three theories explaining gender differences in math performance and interest are confirmation bias, self-fulfilling prophecy, and stereotype threat. Confirmation bias is a bias that means people are more likely to seek out and notice information that confirms the stereotype. When it comes to interests, the stereotype may be that men tend to be interested in sports and women tend to be interested in cosmetics and in applying the confirmation bias, a person may be inclined to only become friends with others that confirm the stereotype. The self-fulfilling prophecy states that the expectation of something affects the behavior toward the target, in which the person elicits the expected behavior from the target. For example, there have been studies in which teachers were told that some students in their class were child prodigies and/or geniuses, even though they really weren’t. By the end of the school year, the students who were
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