Social Identity and Cognitive Performance in Young People with a Immigration Background in Austria (OeNB)

A high level of education plays a decisive role in the economical development of national states. According to the OECD, the difference in educational qualifications between young people with and without an immigrant background (especially Turkey and the former Yugoslavia) in Austria is larger as in any other country. The research project deals with the psychological processes, that are researched upon in order to reduce education differences. The project is based on studies that suggest that minorities are subject to special psychological stressors which limit the cognitive performance in educational contexts (stereotypes and social identity threat). The four planned studies extend previous findings on young people with immigrant backgrounds and investigate the strength(power?) of social identity as an influencing factor. The findings should help to reduce differences in education in Austria.


Funding: Anniversary Fund of the Oesterreichische Nationalbank (OeNB)


Budget: 89 660 €


Project duration: Since August 2012


Principal investigator: Assoc.-Prof. Dr. Markus Appel


Participants: Silvana Weber MScUniv.-Prof. Dr. Bernad Batinic, in cooperation with assistant professor Dr. Nicole Kronberger



  • Appel, M. (2012). Anti-immigrant propaganda by radical right parties and the intellectual performance of adolescents. Political Psychology, 33, 483-493. [pdf]
  • Appel, M. & Kronberger, N. (2012). Stereotype threat and the achievement gap: Stereotype threat prior to test taking. Educational Psychology Review, 24, 609-635. [pdf]
  • Appel, M., Kronberger, N., & Aronson, J. (2011). Stereotype Threat impedes ability building: Effects on test preparation among women in science and technology. European Journal of Social Psychology, 41, 904-913. [pdf]