An article co-authored by Assistant Professor of Psychology Keelah Williams was recently published in Evolution and Human Behavior. The article explores the interactive nature of sex and age stereotypes, demonstrating that perceivers categorize and stereotype others not by sex and age independently, but by the interaction of their sex and age (i.e., people mentally group others as females and males of specific ages).
In addition, the specific content of these sex-age stereotypes track presumed adaptive goals. This article was written with Drs. Oliver Sng (University of California-Irvine) and Steven Neuberg (Arizona State University).