It's not good news for those who fear that old age and a failing memory come hand-in-hand.
Scientists say that pensioners who believe the elderly should perform poorly on memory tests are much more likely to score badly. On the other hand, those who don't buy into negative stereotypes about ageing and memory loss tend to do better. The U.S. study found that pensioners' ability to remember suffers when negative stereotypes are 'activated'.
Professor Tom Hess, of North Carolina State University, said: 'Older adults will perform more poorly on a memory test if they are told older folks do poorly on that particular type of memory test.'
Their memory also suffers if they think they are being stigmatised by the young who look down on them because of their age.Source - Daily Mail