Memory for faces in old age: A meta-analysis

Natalie Martschuk, Kerstin Kocab, Siegfried Sporer

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The present meta-analysis investigated the influence of age on face recognition. A thorough literature search identified 30 reports (N=1833) of comparisons of younger and older participants using face recognition paradigms. Younger participants made more hits (gu=0.66) and fewer false alarms (gu=1.16) than elderly participants. While younger participants generally showed better recognition performance than the elderly, this effect was moderated by a variety of variables such as age of faces or change of pose or expression. Results will also be discussed in terms of signal detection theory and implications for elderly as eyewitnesses will be outlined.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2013
EventAnnual Conference of the American Psychology-Law Society (AP-LS) - San Juan, Puerto Rico
Duration: 14 Mar 201217 Mar 2012


ConferenceAnnual Conference of the American Psychology-Law Society (AP-LS)


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