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The Role of Extraversion, IQ and Contact in the Own-Ethnicity Face Recognition Bias.

Hills, P.J., Lowe, L., Hedges, B. and Teixeira, A.R., 2020. The Role of Extraversion, IQ and Contact in the Own-Ethnicity Face Recognition Bias. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 82, 1872-1882.

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DOI: 10.3758/s13414-019-01947-6


While IQ is weakly related to the overall face recognition (Shakeshaft & Plomin, 2015), it plays a larger role in the processing of misaligned faces in the composite face task (Zhu et al., 2010). This type of stimuli are relatively novel and may reflect the involvement of intelligence in the processing of infrequently encountered faces, such as those of other-ethnicities. Extraversion is associated with increased eye contact which signifies less viewing of diagnostic features for Black faces. Using an old/new recognition paradigm, we found that IQ negatively correlated with the magnitude of the own-ethnicity bias (OEB) and that this relationship was moderated by contact with people from another ethnicity. We interpret these results in terms of IQ enhancing the ability to process novel stimuli by utilising multiple forms of coding. Extraversion was positively correlated with the OEB in White participants and negatively correlated with the OEB in Black participants suggesting that extraverts have lower attention to diagnostic facial features of Black faces, leading to poorer recognition of Black faces in both White and Black participants, thereby contributing to the relative OEB in these participants. The OEB is dependent on participant variables such as intelligence and extraversion.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Extraversion ; Face recognition ; Individual differences ; Intelligence ; Own-ethnicity
Group:Faculty of Science & Technology
ID Code:33204
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:08 Jan 2020 09:46
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 14:19


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