A New Approach to Understanding Perceptual Expertise and Other-Race Effects in Face Perception

Bianca Thorup

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
Supervisors/Advisors
  • Crookes, Kate, Supervisor
  • Jeffery, Linda, Supervisor
  • Rhodes, Gillian, Supervisor
Thesis sponsors
Award date10 Jun 2020
DOIs
Publication statusUnpublished - 2020

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