People demonstrate better recognition and discrimination of own-race than other-race faces, known as the other-race effect. Despite considerable research examining other-race effects the causes are still debated. I sought evidence to distinguish between different theoretical accounts of other-race effects through a systematic review and studies of a new 'national origins' categorization task. Together, the findings demonstrated that experience with other-race faces can reduce or reverse other-race effects, but motivation did not. Overall the results suggest that other-race effects reflect perceptual expertise, rather than social motivation.
|Qualification||Doctor of Philosophy|
|Award date||10 Jun 2020|
|Publication status||Unpublished - 2020|