Recognizing faces from ethnic in-groups and out-groups: Importance of outer face features and effects of retention interval

Siegfried Sporer, Ruth Horry

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    Abstract

    People recognize faces from their own ethnic group more accurately than faces from other ethnic groups. White German (WG) and Turkish participants living in Germany performed an old/new recognition test with faces from several ethnic groups. The presence or absence of external features (hair, face contour) and retention interval (immediate versus 3 weeks) were manipulated. Own-ethnicity effects (OEEs) were found, with recognition accuracy and response bias varying across the different stimulus sets. The 3-week retention interval reduced accuracy for in-group faces but not for out-group faces, while the removal of outer features was more harmful to out-group faces than to in-group faces.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)424-431
    Number of pages8
    JournalApplied Cognitive Psychology
    Volume25
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - May 2011

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