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Our behavior is regulated by our beliefs and values that have developed through our experiences. Barriers to our success are often created by our self-perceptions resulting from cultural expectations these experiences generate. Stereotype threat is a phenomenon that occurs when an individual identifies with a particular stereotypical group and is, therefore, negatively affected by the implicit need to conform to that group. Current research suggests that the stigma consciousness associated with gender and race stereotypes negatively impact an individual’s intellectual performance, especially related to standardized testing and career choice. Overcoming this phenomenon begins with “awareness”. This presentation is designed to help start the process of dealing with stereotype threat in ourselves and others. Part II Project Implicit was developed as a device for exploring our unconscious roots of feelings and thoughts. The project has evolved as a tool to assist individuals in gaining understanding about their true unconscious beliefs and preferences. There are two concepts the IAT helps us to unravel - an unwillingness to share private attitudes with others and being unable to identify private attitudes. The distinction between the two states is like the difference between purposely hiding something from others and unconsciously hiding something from yourself. The Implicit Associations Test make it possible to penetrate both of these types of hiding. The IAT measures implicit attitudes and beliefs that people are either unwilling or unable to report. This workshop will take individuals through several IAT’s. The participants will respond to three questions individually and then discuss their thoughts in a small group setting. The goal is to generate an awareness of certain implicit biases and discuss strategies for gaining control of them.
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