Stereotype activation, inhibition, and aging

Radvansky, Gabriel A., Copeland, David E. and von Hippel, William (2010) Stereotype activation, inhibition, and aging. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 46 1: 51-60. doi:10.1016/j.jesp.2009.09.010

Author Radvansky, Gabriel A.
Copeland, David E.
von Hippel, William
Title Stereotype activation, inhibition, and aging
Journal name Journal of Experimental Social Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0022-1031
Publication date 2010-01
Year available 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.jesp.2009.09.010
Volume 46
Issue 1
Start page 51
End page 60
Total pages 10
Editor J Cooper
Place of publication Maryland Heights, MO, U.S.A.
Publisher Academic Press
Collection year 2010
Language eng
Subject C1
Abstract This research explored age-related changes in drawing stereotypic inferences during the comprehension of narrative texts. Previous research suggests that declines in inhibitory function can lead older adults to rely more on stereotypes and be more prejudiced than younger adults, even in the face of a desire to be non-prejudiced. In two experiments reported here, younger and older adults read stories that allowed for stereotypic inferences. Older adults were less likely to inhibit stereotypic inferences as measured by recognition measures and lexical decision times. A third control experiment verified that the results of the lexical decision task were not due to a priori response biases for the specific target words. Overall, older adults were more likely to make and maintain stereotypic inferences than younger adults, potentially causing them to be more prejudiced than younger adults.
Keyword Stereotypes
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: 2010 Higher Education Research Data Collection
School of Psychology Publications
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