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Racial categorization of ethnically ambiguous faces and cross-race effect

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Description: The cross-race (CR) effect is the phenomenon in which participants have more difficulty recognizing members of another race relative to recognizing members of their own race. Recent studies have raised questions about how the order of presentation (before vs. after) of different external racial labels (African-American vs. Caucasian) may alter perception and subsequent recognition of racially ambiguous faces. This research sought to provide empirical evidence that would demonstrate the effect of external labeling on prompting the CR effect with racially ambiguous faces. Participants showed no effects of label order, and, although significant race label effects were obtained, recognition favored cross-race faces rather than same-race faces. Concerns regarding the source of the unpredicted results and possible paths for future experiments are discussed.
Language: English
Format: Degree Work