The Plastic Brain

15-minute writing exercise closes the gender gap in university-level physics

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A remarkable story of how our perceptions affect our performance. This summary is from Ed Young’s Not Exactly Rocket Science blog – 

In the university’s physics course, men typically do better than women but Miyake’s study shows that this has nothing to do with innate ability. With nothing but his fifteen-minute exercise, performed twice at the beginning of the year, he virtually abolished the gender divide and allowed the female physicists to challenge their male peers.”

For the full post, see here:

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/notrocketscience/2010/11/25/15-minute-writing-exercise-closes-the-gender-gap-in-university-level-physics/

The original research article is here:

http://www.sciencemag.org/content/330/6008/1234

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Author: Rogan Tinsley

Biology, science and maths teacher with a PhD in Neuroscience and passion for education.

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