The negative consequences of threat: A functional magnetic resonance imaging investigation of the neural mechanisms underlying women's underperformance in math: Research article

Anne C. Krendl*, Jennifer A. Richeson, William M. Kelley, Todd F. Heatherton

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Abstract

This study used functional magnetic resonance imaging to identify the neural structures associated with women's underperformance on math tasks. Although women in a control condition recruited neural networks that are associated with mathematical learning (i.e., angular gyrus, left parietal and prefrontal cortex), women who were reminded of gender stereotypes about math ability did not recruit these regions, and instead revealed heightened activation in a neural region associated with social and emotional processing (ventral anterior cingulate cortex).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)168-175
Number of pages8
JournalPsychological Science
Volume19
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

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