Stereotypes, Attitudes about Aging, and Optimism and their Impacts on Vocabulary Performance
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Age-related attitudes and stereotypes about aging have been shown to impact a variety of outcomes, including older adults’ cognitive performance. Past research has often focused on memory, a variable which does show age-related decline. The present research explored the relationship of such attitudes and stereotypes with vocabulary, a novel outcome variable in this area that differs from memory in that it remains stable well into older adulthood. Study 1 used data from 3631 participants in a large data set to explore the ability of attitudinal variables (i.e., aging satisfaction, aging expectations, ...