Do Older Adults Differ From Younger Adults in Their Trait Impressions and Appearance Stereotypes?

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dc.contributor.advisor Zebrowitz, Leslie
dc.contributor.author Hillman, Suzanne
dc.date.accessioned 2012-08-31T14:18:04Z
dc.date.available 2012-08-31T14:18:04Z
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10192/84
dc.description.abstract First impressions from faces have been shown to be similar across cultures, and by both children and young adults (YAs). This study compared older adult (OA) raters with YA raters, and included both older and younger adult faces. Both age groups showed similar levels of within-age agreement in their impressions of competence, health, hostility, and trustworthiness. Consistent with evidence for age-related increases in positivity, OA showed more positive impressions of health, hostility, trustworthiness, and attractiveness of faces, as well as an own-age bias for impressions of competence. These effects were not consistently stronger in OAs for faces with more negatively-valenced trait impressions. The attractiveness halo effect was found for both OA and YA raters. The babyface stereotype was also found for both rater ages, although the effects were weaker for OAs.
dc.description.sponsorship NIH grant AG38375
dc.description.sponsorship Brandeis University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Brandeis University
dc.relation.ispartofseries Brandeis University Theses and Dissertations
dc.rights Copyright by Suzanne Hillman 2012
dc.subject babyface stereotype
dc.subject attractiveness halo
dc.subject halo effect
dc.subject first impressions from faces
dc.subject older adults
dc.subject positivity effect
dc.title Do Older Adults Differ From Younger Adults in Their Trait Impressions and Appearance Stereotypes?
dc.type Thesis
dc.contributor.department Department of Psychology
dc.degree.name MA
dc.degree.level Masters
dc.degree.discipline Psychology
dc.degree.grantor Brandeis University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences


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