Faculty Member David Weiss to speak on Morningside campus at the Department of Psychology

Monday, February 26, 2018

David Weiss is a lifespan psychologist who studies how people deal with aging-related changes, negative age stereotypes, and the gain and loss of social status across the lifespan. He will be speaking in the seminar series of Columbia's Department of Psychology on Monday, February 26 at 12:10 pm (Schermerhorn Hall, Room 200B).

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Monday, February 26th at 12:10pm in Schermerhorn 200B as David Weiss, Assistant Professor at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, presents a talk entitled “Young at Heart” - Age-stereotype Internalization and Dissociation in the Second Half of Life.

Age stereotypes often operate as self-fulfilling prophecies including systematic consequences for the well-being, performance, and life expectancy of older persons. Regarding the direction of these effects, two seemingly opposing phenomena can be observed: On the one hand, it has been shown that older adults engage in self-stereotyping and assimilate their self-views and behavior to their previously held age stereotypes, a process described as stereotype internalization. On the other hand, however, there is considerable evidence for age-group dissociation, showing that when confronted with negative age stereotypes older adults tend to distance and dissociate themselves from this negative stereotype. So far, however, it is not clear when and why age stereotypes lead to internalization or dissociation. To close this gap, I will discuss the conditions under which age stereotypes lead to internalization or dissociation and why there are positive and negative consequences for the development of older adults. Moreover, I will review longitudinal, experimental, and cross-cultural findings documenting the consequences of age stereotypes and the role of alternative age identities. I will conclude the talk with a discussion of a future research agenda and introduce an integrated model of age stereotype internalization and dissociation.

About the speaker, David Weiss:

A faculty member at the Columbia Aging Center, David Weiss studies how people deal with aging-related changes, negative age stereotypes, and the gain and loss of social status across the lifespan. His studies include experimental, longitudinal, and cross-cultural methods to examine how motivational and social-cognitive factors affect physiological and psychological well-being. In particular, he is interested in self-regulatory processes to explain how individuals flexibly adapt to aging-related challenges. He has published in leading academic journals, including Psychology and Aging, Developmental Psychology, Journals of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences. For his research, he has received the Karl-Giehrl Award for distinguished dissertations, the Vontobel Award for Research on Age(ing), and the Calderone Award for Junior Faculty. He received his PhD in 2009 from the Friedrich-Alexander University and has taught between 2009 and 2014 at the University of Zurich.