Professor Purdie-Vaughns Lecture Summary

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Before attending Professor Purdie-Vaughns lecture on the impact of stereotypes on identity, I thought her discussion would be more experience based, emphasizing different people’s encounters with stereotypes. However, the lecture focused more on the psychology behind how humans respond to stereotypes by presenting experiments and factual information. The majority of Professor Purdie-Vaughns lecture was spent explaining an experiment where 7th graders were either asked to explain their most important values or their least important values. Following the students until they graduated from high school, the experiment concluded that African Americans who were asked to identify their most important values were more likely to enroll in college

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