Does aging impair first impression accuracy? Differentiating emotion recognition from complex social inferences.

  title={Does aging impair first impression accuracy? Differentiating emotion recognition from complex social inferences.},
  author={Anne C. Krendl and Nicholas O. Rule and Nalini Ambady},
  journal={Psychology and aging},
  volume={29 3},
Young adults can be surprisingly accurate at making inferences about people from their faces. Although these first impressions have important consequences for both the perceiver and the target, it remains an open question whether first impression accuracy is preserved with age. Specifically, could age differences in impressions toward others stem from age-related deficits in accurately detecting complex social cues? Research on aging and impression formation suggests that young and older adults… 

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