Alberto Mirisola, Piero Bocchiaro

Cuffaro, Pirandello and Schillaci: Maybe not all Sicilians are the same. The effect of entitativity on stereotype threat

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Keywords: stereotype threat, entitativity, test performance

The goal of this study was to test the role of perceived entitativity as a potential moderator of underperformance typically associated with stereotype threat. The results of two experiments confirmed our hypotheses: Study 1 showed a lesser decrease in performance in a task of syllogistic abilities when the threat was directed to Sicilians (social category, low entitativity) rather than to their family (intimate group, high entitativity). Study 2 confirmed and extended these results through a direct measure of entitativity. Theoretical implications of these results are discussed.

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