Priming White identity elicits stereotype boost for biracial Black-White individuals


Journal Article

© 2015, © The Author(s) 2015. Psychological threat experienced by students of negatively stereotyped groups impairs test performance. However, stereotype boost can also occur if a positively stereotyped identity is made salient. Biracial individuals, whose racial identities may be associated with both negative and positive testing abilities, have not been examined in this context. Sixty-four biracial Black-White individuals wrote about either their Black or White identity or a neutral topic and completed a verbal Graduate Record Examination (GRE) examination described as diagnostic of their abilities. White-primed participants performed significantly better than both Black-primed and control participants. Thus, biracial Black-White individuals experience stereotype boost only when their White identity is made salient.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Gaither, SE; Remedios, JD; Schultz, JR; Sommers, SR

Published Date

  • January 1, 2015

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 18 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 778 - 787

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1461-7188

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1368-4302

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/1368430215570504

Citation Source

  • Scopus