Poster Title (Current Submission)

Age Status

Major(s)

Sociology

Minor(s)

Philosophy, Psychology

Mentor Name

Dr. Michael Lovaglia

Mentor Department

Sociology

Presentation Date

March 2010

Abstract

Do expectations for a worker’s performance decrease after mid-life? Undergraduates completing independent study under Professor Michael Lovaglia conducted this research as part of Christopher Kelley’s Master’s Thesis project on age as a status characteristic. Through an experiment, participants were asked to choose who they wanted to work with on a task, and rate them on various qualities. The choices consisted of a young adult, middle-aged, and older male. In reality, each confederate was the same avatar aged to the appropriate life stage. Results showed that participants consistently chose the middle-aged male and rated him higher on work related qualities.

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Do expectations for a worker’s performance decrease after mid-life? Undergraduates completing independent study under Professor Michael Lovaglia conducted this research as part of Christopher Kelley’s Master’s Thesis project on age as a status characteristic. Through an experiment, participants were asked to choose who they wanted to work with on a task, and rate them on various qualities. The choices consisted of a young adult, middle-aged, and older male. In reality, each confederate was the same avatar aged to the appropriate life stage. Results showed that participants consistently chose the middle-aged male and rated him higher on work related qualities.