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The acclaimed social psychologist offers an insider’s look at his research and groundbreaking findings on stereotypes and identity.

Claude M. Steele, who has been called “one of the few great social psychologists,” offers a vivid first-person account of the research that supports his groundbreaking conclusions on stereotypes and identity. He sheds new light on American social phenomena from racial and gender gaps in test scores to the belief in the superior athletic prowess of black men, and lays out a plan for mitigating these “stereotype threats” and reshaping American identities.

©2010 Claude M. Steele (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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Wonderful!

I'm a sophomore psychology major, doing undergraduate research on stereotype threat and this book really helped introduce the topic to me!

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  • Peter
  • San Francisco, CA, United States
  • 06-02-16

A must-read about the roll of stereotypes

I read this book, hoping to find suggestions and scientific results about the role of stereotypes in our society (in the US), and this book was a great place to start. The author doesn't just voice his opinion, but describes and gives results from painstakingly planned-out experiments that separate out how different groups of people do better and worse in academics, due to often subtle environmental cues that severely affect that performance.
Although I found listening to detailed scientific experiments a little heavy at times, it is so important to read and understand the conclusions that Steele found. As a parent of a girl, navigating her way through science and math, and an African American boy, navigating his way through academics in general, I am so glad I found this important book and educated myself on the effects of stereotypes on all of us.
I was impressed that the author didn't just discuss the effects of stereotypes on people of color, but also discussed testing on the effects of gender on female students' math performance, and why they might struggle in math classes when they are very intelligent and successful in non-math subjects.
Highly recommended. If the experiments weigh you down in listening, at least fast forward to the results so you can learn what they ultimately found.

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One of my recent favorites

Would you consider the audio edition of Whistling Vivaldi to be better than the print version?

Some books in this genre are not easily adapted to the audio format because of the need to look at charts/graphs or other visual information, but this book works well as an audio book!

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

This book is incredibly well–written and compelling. The author effectively communicates his ideas/the results of his research (macro) by providing explanations at the individual (micro) level.

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Diversity treatment

Everyone should read this book it is solution based to our most important struggle in this country... stereotyping racial groups and it's effect on that group . It not only gives you studies that were performed this author also prescribed antidotes performed by him his colleagues and many other people who continue to educate others about this issue.

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Great narration, great book

An interesting and important discussion for everyone! Well written, accessible (even as an audiobook!!!) and the narrator had a beautiful, expressive and appropriate voice. Recommended!

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  • 03-28-17

An excellent primer on an important body of resear

If you could sum up Whistling Vivaldi in three words, what would they be?

Illuminates racial relations

What other book might you compare Whistling Vivaldi to and why?

Whistling Vivaldi is similar to other excellent psychology books written for the lay audience, such as Dan Gilbert's Stumbling on Happiness or Roy Baumeister's Willpower, in that it conveys a complex and important program of research in way that is engaging and accessible to a lay audience.

What does DeMario Clarke bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The reader does an excellent job, but in general I don't find that a reader can transform the experience of nonfiction in the same way as fiction.

What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

Everyone's behavior is affected by stereotypes, both by those we ourselves hold about others and by the fear that others will see us through the lense of their own stereotypes.

Any additional comments?

Claude Steele's research on stereotype threat is groundbreaking, and I truly believe it's something everyone should be aware of. This book does an excellent job of explaining this body of work in a way that provides the reader with actionable information about their behavior.

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Understanding Effects of Stereotypes

Steele brings together decades of evidence demonstrating the effects of stereotypes on learning and performance. Essential reading for educators.

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Loved it!

I loved this book. I highly recommend this book to everyone, especially educators.

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great listen

many examples in this book regarding how stereotypes effect us. I have a better understanding now through this book.

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Interesting topic, hate the narrator's voice

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Topic is interesting but writing is pedantic and the narrator has the most irritating voice in memory. I had to stop listening to the book because of it. Particularly the way he says "experiment" which is repeated over and over again.

Would you be willing to try another book from Claude M. Steele? Why or why not?

No

Would you be willing to try another one of DeMario Clarke’s performances?

Absolutely not

Could you see Whistling Vivaldi being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

No too pedantic

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  • Val
  • 08-05-17

Wonderful

Heartbreaking reality about the Black population in the educational system in the US. Very interesting analysis of identity and belonging.