Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do

 Image description: Book cover for Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do by Claude M. Steele. Above the title are nine circles, each a different color and each containing a word (white, female, Latino, black, teen, gay, Indian, male, Asian). 

Author: Claude M. Steele

Publisher: W.W. Norton & Company

List price: $15.95

Summary: Through dramatic personal stories, Claude Steele shares the experiments and studies that show, again and again, that exposing subjects to stereotypes―merely reminding a group of female math majors about to take a math test, for example, that women are considered naturally inferior to men at math―impairs their performance in the area affected by the stereotype. Steele’s conclusions shed new light on a host of American social phenomena, from the racial and gender gaps in standardized test scores to the belief in the superior athletic prowess of black men.