Title

Age and forgetfulness : management attributions, recommendations, and predictions

Document Type

Thesis

Degree

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Psychology

First Advisor's Name

Joan Erber

First Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Chair

Date of Defense

11-10-1994

Abstract

128 working adults (i.e., perceivers) read either a low pressure “activity update” memo or a high pressure “cutting costs” memo, followed by a vignette describing memory failures of a young or old male or female target employee. Perceivers completed Likert scales regarding causal attributions for the target’s failures, recommendations for intervention, urgency of intervention, and predictions of future performance. No main or interaction effects were found for attributions or for recommendations. Memo Type x Target Age interactions showed that when perceivers were under pressure, prediction ratings were more extreme for the old target employees than for the young target employees. Also, perceivers thought the need for intervention was more urgent for old than for young target employees.

Identifier

FI14061598

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