Researchers say stereotypes of what older people should be, known as prescriptive stereotypes, center on three key issues.
- Consumption: The idea that older people shouldn't consume so many scarce resources.
- Identity: The idea that older people shouldn't attempt to act younger than they are.
- Succession: The idea that older people should move aside from high-paying jobs and prominent social roles to make way for younger people.
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Michael North, a fifth-year graduate student in psychology at Princeton University, knew he was lucky to land a summer research position at the University of Michigan after he finished his bachelor's degree there in 2006. His task: Sit in a lab for two hours at a time...