Masters Thesis

Negative Bias and the Other-race Effect in Asians, Caucasians, and Hispanics

For decades, studies have shown that people are better able to distinguish ownrace faces compared to other-race faces, a phenomenon known as the Other-Race Effect (ORE). Research suggests that perceptual experience and social context factors may play a role in mediating the ORE. However, investigations of the ORE using Hispanic faces have not been comprehensive and are limited. The purpose of this study was to provide an all-inclusive investigation of the ORE, implicit bias, and social experience for Hispanic faces. Participants from three different racial or ethnic groups (Asian, Caucasian, Hispanic) completed a face recognition task, an implicit racial bias task, and self-report measures of qualitative and quantitative experiences with members from other races. Results found no support for an overall ORE for Hispanics, however no ORE was found for Asian or Caucasian faces either, despite the extant literature. In addition, results found overall low implicit racial bias in the sample population. These data may be the result of regional demographics and/or ceiling effects.

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