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    Does perceived race affect discrimination and recognition of ambiguous-race faces? a test of the socio-cognitive hypothesis

    Rhodes, G and Lie, H. and Ewing, Louise and Evangelista, E. and Tanaka, J. (2010) Does perceived race affect discrimination and recognition of ambiguous-race faces? a test of the socio-cognitive hypothesis. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition 36 (1), pp. 217-223. ISSN 0278-7393.

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    Abstract

    Discrimination and recognition are often poorer for other-race than own-race faces. These other-race effects (OREs) have traditionally been attributed to reduced perceptual expertise, resulting from more limited experience, with other-race faces. However, recent findings suggest that sociocognitive factors, such as reduced motivation to individuate other-race faces, may also contribute. If the sociocognitive hypothesis is correct, then it should be possible to alter discrimination and memory performance for identical faces by altering their perceived race. We made identical ambiguous-race morphed faces look either Asian or Caucasian by presenting them in Caucasian or Asian face contexts, respectively. However, this perceived-race manipulation had no effect on either discrimination (Experiment 1) or memory (Experiment 2) for the ambiguous-race faces, despite the presence of the usual OREs in discrimination and recognition of unambiguous Asian and Caucasian faces in our participant population. These results provide no support for the sociocognitive hypothesis.

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    Item Type: Article
    School: School of Science > Psychological Sciences
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 12 Jan 2016 15:42
    Last Modified: 11 Oct 2016 15:27
    URI: https://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/13965

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