University of Michigan Institute for Social Research
                Research Center for Group Dynamics

 

Denise Sekaquaptewa

Faculty Associate, Research Center for Group Dynamics, ISR;
Professor of Psychology, LSA

Denise Sekaquaptewa

Current research is focused on stereotyping, prejudice, stereotype threat, and effects of category salience on test performance. One line of research addresses the relationship between stereotype use and discrimination. Her research shows that people who rely on stereotypes in processing have more negative social interactions with members of stereotyped groups, independent of how they feel about the stereotyped group. A second line of research concerns the test performance of solo vs nonsolo group members. When one's social category is made salient via solo status (being the only member of one's social category in a group), academic performance is diminished, especially when the situation is one where the solo is stereotyped as a poor performer (e.g., females answering questions about science). Performance is less affected when the solo is not negatively stereotyped.