Faculty Advisor

O'Brien, Kymberlee Maxine

Faculty Advisor

Skorinko, Jeanine LM

Abstract

This study investigated the relationships between stereotype threat, evaluator apprehension, and social math identity on female math performance and heart rate variability. Participants’ received either a sex or community prime and completed a written math assessment and verbal math task in the presence of an evaluator as heart rate variability was recorded. Evaluator sex was manipulated, and participants were surveyed and scored as either “weak” or “strong” in social math identity. Analysis by ANOVA failed to reproduce findings detailing depressed mathematical performance with regards to sex prime or heart rate variability. Regression found both social math identity and evaluator sex to significantly predict heart rate variability (increased) at a time of stress during the experiment.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2017

Major

Interdisciplinary

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Social Science and Policy Studies

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