Face age and sex modulate the other-race effect in face recognition

Wallis, Jennifer, Lipp, Ottmar V. and Vanman, Eric J. (2012) Face age and sex modulate the other-race effect in face recognition. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 74 8: 1712-1721. doi:10.3758/s13414-012-0359-z

Author Wallis, Jennifer
Lipp, Ottmar V.
Vanman, Eric J.
Title Face age and sex modulate the other-race effect in face recognition
Journal name Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1943-3921
Publication date 2012-11-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3758/s13414-012-0359-z
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 74
Issue 8
Start page 1712
End page 1721
Total pages 10
Place of publication New York, NY, United States
Publisher Springer
Language eng
Abstract Faces convey a variety of socially relevant cues that have been shown to affect recognition, such as age, sex, and race, but few studies have examined the interactive effect of these cues. White participants of two distinct age groups were presented with faces that differed in race, age, and sex in a face recognition paradigm. Replicating the other-race effect, young participants recognized young own-race faces better than young other-race faces. However, recognition performance did not differ across old faces of different races (Experiments 1, 2A). In addition, participants showed an other-age effect, recognizing White young faces better than White old faces. Sex affected recognition performance only when age was not varied (Experiment 2B). Overall, older participants showed a similar recognition pattern (Experiment 3) as young participants, displaying an other-race effect for young, but not old, faces. However, they recognized young and old White faces on a similar level. These findings indicate that face cues interact to affect recognition performance such that age and sex information reliably modulate the effect of race cues. These results extend accounts of face recognition that explain recognition biases (such as the other-race effect) as a function of dichotomous ingroup/outgroup categorization, in that outgroup characteristics are not simply additive but interactively determine recognition performance
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Q-Index Code C1
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Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online: 30 August 2012.

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