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ERIC Number: ED142892
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Oct
Pages: 13
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Age as a Determinant of Interpersonal Evaluations.
Scheier, Michael F.; Schulz, Richard
This study focuses on the impact of age on interpersonal evaluation of persons, particularly the elderly as individuals and not as a group. Using a 75-year-old target and a 23-year-old target, the experimenter predicted and found support for the idea that personal information contained in a transcript would evoke sympathy, and thereby lead subjects to overcompensate for their biases by rating the 75-year-old target more favorably than the 23-year-old target. The two basic questions are: (1) what effect would the unfavorable stereotype have on subjects when they are responding not to the category "old people" but to one specific old person about whom personal information has been provided? and (2) does the sympathy and overcompensation produced by personalization depend on the information presented about the target? (VG)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Gerontological Society (29th, New York, N.Y.)