Stereotype threat affects memory in aged Chinese immigrants

May 19, 2018, 3:23 AM EDT
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Stereotype threat, the fear that you will prove a negative stereotype about your group is correct can affect memory performance when older people are subjected to cognitive tests but such examinations have remained focused on Western cultures.

For the first time, a study at the San Francisco State University is examining the effects of stereotypes on the memory of older Chinese immigrants, writes Medical Xpress.

The study concluded that stereotype threat stirs anxiety in older Asian immigrants, leading them to forget more than they would have otherwise, reports Eurasia Review. The observations highlight the fact that tests carried out without a stereotype threat present a more accurate picture.