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National differences in gender-science stereotypes predict national sex differences in science and math achievement
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2009 (English)In: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, ISSN 0027-8424, E-ISSN 1091-6490, Vol. 106, no 26, 10593-10597 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

About 70% of more than half a million Implicit Association Tests   completed by citizens of 34 countries revealed expected implicit   stereotypes associating science with males more than with females. We   discovered that nation-level implicit stereotypes predicted   nation-level sex differences in 8th-grade science and mathematics   achievement. Self-reported stereotypes did not provide additional  predictive validity of the achievement gap. We suggest that implicit stereotypes and sex differences in science participation and   performance are mutually reinforcing, contributing to the persistent   gender gap in science engagement.

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2009. Vol. 106, no 26, 10593-10597 p.
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Implicit Association Test, culture, social psychology, implicit social cognition
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-110235DOI: 10.1073/pnas.0809921106ISI: 000267564300038PubMedID: 19549876OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-110235DiVA: diva2:275492
Available from: 2009-11-05 Created: 2009-11-05 Last updated: 2010-12-28Bibliographically approved

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