We can be primed with stereotypes even without other people’s physical presence. A much-cited 1996 study by John Bargh, Mark Chen, and Lara Burrows found that even words related to old age can activate the stereotype of elderly people. In one of the experiments, the New York University undergraduates worked on a scrambled-sentence task. For some participants, the task contained words associated with the stereotype of elderly people, such as worried, Florida, old, lonely, gray, sentimental, bingo, retired, wrinkle, rigid, traditional bitter, obedient, conservative, and similar. Once participants completed the task, the experimenters would let them go. But here is where the real experiment began: the researchers wanted to see if priming undergraduates with the elderly people stereotype would make them walk slower. Using a hidden stopwatch, the experimenter would record how long it took a participant to walk down the corridor leading to an elevator. And the results were as the researchers expected: the activated stereotype of elderly people led to slower walking speed (8.28 seconds vs. 7.30 seconds in the neutral priming condition).