A growth mindset frame increases opting in to reading information about bias

Kern, M, Rattan, A and Chugh, D (2023) A growth mindset frame increases opting in to reading information about bias. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. ISSN 0146-1672 (In Press) OPEN ACCESS


We explore the conditions under which people will opt in to reading information about bias and stereotypes, a key precursor to the types of self-directed learning that diversity and anti-bias advocates increasingly endorse. Across 1 meta-analysis (total N = 1,122; 7 studies, 5 pre-registered) and 2 pre-registered experiments (total N = 1,717), we identify a condition under which people opt in to reading more about implicit bias and stereotypes. People randomly assigned to read a growth, rather than fixed, mindset frame about bias opted in to read more information about stereotypes and implicit bias (Study 1, Study 3). The mechanism that drove these effects was individuals’ construal of the task as a challenge (Studies 2-3). Our findings offer insight into how to promote voluntary engagement with information about stereotypes and biases. We discuss how this work advances the study of mindsets and diversity science.

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Item Type: Article
Subject Areas: Organisational Behaviour
Date Deposited: 02 Aug 2023 16:19
Date of first compliant deposit: 30 Jun 2023
Subjects: Diversity in the workplace
Last Modified: 20 Jul 2024 01:29
URI: https://lbsresearch.london.edu/id/eprint/2937

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