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date: 09 August 2020

Critical Role of Social–Cognitive Age Representations 

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The Oxford Encyclopedia of Psychology and Aging
Author(s):
Alison ChasteenAlison Chasteen, Maria IankilevitchMaria Iankilevitch, Jordana SchiralliJordana Schiralli, Veronica BergstromVeronica Bergstrom

Wise. Frail. Kind. Stubborn. Generous. Bitter. Healthy. Senile. What do these characteristics have in common? They are all traits that have been ascribed to older adults. Such a variety of terms illustrates that people’s mental representations of older adults are complex, a fact reflected in the research on the content of age stereotypes (for a review, see ... ...

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