Previous eyewitness research has aimed to understand when age differences occur in eyewitness memory; however, few studies have explored the underlying social constructs that may explain why older adults sometimes perform more poorly as eyewitnesses. The current research examines stereotype assimilation and age-based rejection sensitivity as potential mechanisms for understanding age differences in eyewitness memory. The authors experimentally examined the effects of patronizing communication on memory performance. Findings from a structural equation model suggest that older adults' belief that they will be treated in an ageist way leads to certain instances of poorer eyewitness performance.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||30|
|Journal||American Journal of Forensic Psychology|
|State||Published - Jan 1 2015|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pathology and Forensic Medicine
- Applied Psychology