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Black Genius, Asian Fail”: The Detriment of Stereotype Lift and Stereotype Threat in High-Achieving

Updated: May 3

Ebony McGee


In answering an interview question about impostor syn-drome (i.e., a constant feeling of fraudulence despite tradi-tional markers of academic achievement), Black1 high- achieving STEM students vividly detailed their frequent anxiety that others have mistakenly overestimated their tal-ents and abilities. The same students identified Asian stu-dents as those who would be least likely to experience this dilemma in STEM. However, research on impostor syn-drome concludes that Asian students experience higher rates of this syndrome than their Black, White, and Latinx college peers (Cokley, McClain, Enciso, & Martinez, 2013).


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