Posted by: Janine | October 22, 2011

Psychology

Black or white faces
MJ says it don’t matter
But it does matter

Shannon Elliott

University of Western Sydney

My thesis focused on facial recognition of African American and Anglo-Saxon faces. Research has shown a significant difference in recognition accuracy in favour of faces that were the same ethnicity of participants. Our experiment tried to find support for current major theories, in particular, if the difference is due to familiarity with skin tone or facial features (ie. brow width, shape of the nose and lips). By presenting participants with photos of both African Americans and Anglo-Saxon faces in colour, black and white and inverted configurations we found tentative support for the facial features theory.

 

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