The New York Times has an article on the most recent stereotype threat research: Women perform worse on math tests when they are first told that men are better at math. When they are told that men and women are equal, they perform equally. Unfortunately, the report in Science on which the article is based is locked behind a paywall. Fortunately, you can find some of Heine’s research materials, including the essays used to remind women of stereotype threat here.
Also, Cognitive Daily has reported on similar research:
The first study has essentially the same conclusion as the Dar-Nimrod and Heine research cited in the NYT article. What Dar-Nimrod and Heine add to this research is a study design that incorporates reminders of stereotypes into the study itself: Instead of being “instructed” about stereotype differences, women are told they are taking a “reading comprehension” test followed by a math test. In the reading comprehension section, women read essays either reminding them of stereotypes about women’s math performance or arguing that men and women are equal. So even when not overtly reminded about stereotypes by the test administrator, an effect of stereotypes is still present.
(Thanks to CogDaily reader Hypercycloid for the link)