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    Older and younger adults’ accuracy in discerning health and competence in older and younger faces

    Zebrowitz, L.A. and Franklin, R.G. and Boshyan, J. and Luevano, V. and Agrigoroaei, S. and Milosavljevic, Bosiljka and Lachman, M.E. (2014) Older and younger adults’ accuracy in discerning health and competence in older and younger faces. Psychology and Aging 29 (3), pp. 454-468. ISSN 0882-7974.

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    Abstract

    We examined older and younger adults’ accuracy judging the health and competence of faces. Accuracy differed significantly from chance and varied with face age but not rater age. Health ratings were more accurate for older than younger faces, with the reverse for competence ratings. Accuracy was greater for low attractive younger faces, but not for low attractive older faces. Greater accuracy judging older faces’ health was paralleled by greater validity of attractiveness and looking older as predictors of their health. Greater accuracy judging younger faces’ competence was paralleled by greater validity of attractiveness and a positive expression as predictors of their competence. Although the ability to recognize variations in health and cognitive ability is preserved in older adulthood, the effects of face age on accuracy and the different effects of attractiveness across face age may alter social interactions across the life span. (APA PsycInfo Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved)

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    Item Type: Article
    School: School of Science > Psychological Sciences
    Research Centres and Institutes: Brain and Cognitive Development, Centre for (CBCD)
    Depositing User: Bosiljka Milosavljevic
    Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2021 07:07
    Last Modified: 12 Mar 2021 07:07
    URI: https://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/42731

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