Recognition and context memory for faces from own and other ethnic groups: A remember-know investigation

Ruth Horry, Daniel Wright, Colin Tredoux

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    Abstract

    People are more accurate at recognizing faces from their own ethnic group than at recognizing faces from other ethnic groups. This other-ethnicity effect (OEE) in recognition may be produced by a deficit in recollective memory for other-ethnicity faces. In a single study, White and Black participants saw White and Black faces presented within several different visual contexts. The participants were then given an old/new recognition task. Old responses were followed by remember-know-guess judgments and context judgments. Own-ethnicity faces were recognized more accurately, were given more remember responses, and produced more accurate context judgments than did other-ethnicity faces. These results are discussed in a dual-process framework, and implications for eyewitness memory are considered.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)134-141
    Number of pages8
    JournalMemory and Cognition
    Volume38
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2010

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