"Stereotype Threat" Can be Overcome, Says Aronson
In an article in the Chicago Tribune on recent research into "stereotype threat," Joshua Aronson, associate professor of applied psychology, noted students' test anxiety can be eased simply by reading about why stereotypes makes people peform below their abilities:
"You can teach students how to take a less negative attitude about their difficulties. If they remind themselves that [test anxiety] is just something people go through, and it can go away if they relax, they can do beautifully well."
Source: The Chicago Tribune, May 24, 2007