Ageing and Stereotypes

Professor Bill Von Hippel, psychologist, finds that older people rely more on stereotypes to make decisions which can make them more inflexible to new ideas and to changes. “A lot of research shows that older adults suffer losses in their ability to inhibit unwanted thoughts.” Mornings can be a better time for making new decisions for older adults as they are more alert and therfore open minded when drawing on stereotypes.

We have found that older adults who try to prevent stereotypes from influencing their judgment typically find that they rely on them more and more as they age. - Prof. Bill Von Hippel
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