The Own-Race Effect of Chinese Kazak and Han College Students in Face Recognition: The Influence of Inter-Group Attitude and Inter-Group Contact Experience

[Speaker] Liu, Yang:1
[Co-author] Long, Changquan:2
1:Xinjiang Normal University (China (People's Republic of China)), 2:Southwest University (China (People's Republic of China))

The Own-Race Effect(ORE) is the tendency to have better recognition for own-race than other-race faces. It is known that Implicit racial attitudes and inter-group contact experience are put forth to account for the ORE. However given the inconsistent measurement of variables, what researches are conducted produces mixed results. This study investigated to what extent and how these two factors affect the ORE. Using 'learning - recognition' paradigm to measure the degree of the ORE, we predicted that Implicit racial attitudes would contribute to the magnitude of ORE more greatly. Chinese Han and Chinese Kazak participants varying in contact with other races were recruited. Results showed that although both positive racial attitudes and higher levers of contact were associated with the reduction in the ORE, the former made more contribution. Also, it only found 'contact-attitude' relation in face recognition for Chinese Han participants rather than for their Kazak counterparts.
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