The Smallest Pieces Of Information Can Shape Our Impression Formation

796 Words Nov 10th, 2016 4 Pages
The smallest pieces of information can shape our impression formation, generating implicit stereotypes and biases against another person. Age is one of these factors that can lead to an unconscious bias towards an individual. We hypothesized that students’ impressions of the young James and the old James would vary due to the difference in their ages, and that students would form a better impression of young James. Our participants included 203 University of Pittsburgh Research Methods students, 143 of them being females. Participants were asked to read a paragraph, and then rate the man described based on traits such as intelligence, likability, employability. Additionally, the participants were asked if they would recommend them as a roommate. The paragraphs were identical, the only thing changed between participants was the age of James, either 21 or 51. We found that young James was rated higher than old James on likability, intelligence, and employability. Young James was also more likely to be recommended as a roommate than old James was. Both of these results upheld our hypotheses. Our findings indicate that there is indeed age bias present among the college students surveyed. These findings are important because the impacts of age bias can be seen in the work place when older adults are not getting hired or are getting fired, or in the medical field when older adults are not getting sufficient treatment. The individuals impacted by this negative age bias could use…

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