Two faces of the other-race effect: Recognition and categorisation of Caucasian and Chinese faces

Ge, L. and Zhang, H. and Wang, Z. and Quinn, P. C. and Pascalis, O. and Kelly, David J. and Slater, A. M. and Tian, J. and Lee, K. (2009) Two faces of the other-race effect: Recognition and categorisation of Caucasian and Chinese faces. Perception, 38 (8). pp. 1199-1210. ISSN 0301-0066. (doi: (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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The other-race effect is a collection of phenomena whereby faces of one's own race are processed differently from those of other races. Previous studies have revealed a paradoxical mirror pattern of an own-race advantage in face recognition and an other-race advantage in race-based categorisation. With a well-controlled design, we compared recognition and categorisation of own-race and other-race faces in both Caucasian and Chinese participants. Compared with own-race faces, other-race faces were less accurately and more slowly recognised, whereas they were more rapidly categorised by race. The mirror pattern was confirmed by a unique negative correlation between the two effects in terms of reaction time with a hierarchical regression analysis. This finding suggests an antagonistic interaction between the processing of face identity and that of face category, and a common underlying processing mechanism.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology > Developmental Psychology
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: David Kelly
Date Deposited: 10 Dec 2018 13:12 UTC
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