The “Elderly-related Words Provoke Slow Walking” Experiment

By | 2017-02-28T00:21:25+00:00 February 28th, 2017|Categories: Interesting Facts|Tags: , |

It showed that people walked away from the lab in a slow way when exposed to words about old age. This result suggest that our minds are more open to influence than we realize.

But in 2012,  there was a failed replication of the study.  Although those who attempted the replication lacked necessary research skills. This was one of the factors that caused arguments.


Bargh, J. A., Chen, M., & Burrows, L. (1996). Automaticity of social behavior: Direct effects of trait construct and stereotype activation on action. Journal of personality and social psychology, 71(2), 230.


Elderly people are more prone to trust a cheater.

By | 2016-11-16T16:38:35+00:00 November 16th, 2016|Categories: Interesting Facts|Tags: |

People had to decide whether to make a mock investment with a person or not. They did get to see that person’s track record for returning the money they received.

Older people trust cheaters more often than young people by a fair margin.

Why this is, is still speculated. In questions after it seems the older people were not worried about losing the money. They seemed to think it was more important to be good to the other person and give them a chance.