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Chaia Flegenheimer



Chaia Flegenheimer, a fourth year doctoral student in the Neuroscience and Behavior Program, is the recipient of a $10,000 dissertation fellowship. She is studying the development of attention systems and its relationship to social cues in typically and atypically developing populations with the guidance of her mentor, Dr. Jennifer McDermott, Her main research interests include the roles that gender and social factors, such as negative stereotypes, play in determining how attention systems function. Over the next year Chaia's work will explore the behavioral and neural effects of implicit stereotype threat on task performance and engagement in young women, and the protective impact of the Stereotype Inoculation Model (SIM; Dasgupta, 2011). Chaia hopes her work will help researchers and educators better understand the extent to which the SIM can protect against stereotype threat effects, and help establish how it can be used to lessen the gender disparity in STEM fields.