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Advances in Psychological Science    2020, Vol. 28 Issue (7) : 1164-1171     DOI: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2020.01164
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Own-group bias in face recognition
WEN Fangfang,ZUO Bin(),MA Shuhan,XIE Zhijie
School of Psychology, Center for Studies of Social Psychology, Central China Normal University, Key Laboratory of Adolescent Cyberpsychology and Behavior, Ministry of Education, Wuhan 430079, China
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Research about face recognition shows that people are better at recognizing faces of their own groups (e.g. race, sex, and age) compared to faces of other groups. In recent years, researchers have conducted experiments to explore such own-group biases in face recognition. Two competing theoretical explanations for this own-group bias are the Perceptual Expertise Hypothesis and the Social-Cognitive Approach. Researchers proposed two models based on an integration of these two approaches: the Categorization- Individuation Model and Dual-Route Approach, and explored its neural mechanisms, implications for cognitive processing, and sensitivity to factors such as perceivers, targets, and evaluationtasks. Important future directions include improving the ecological validity of the study, putting forward with a comprehensive theoretical model and strengthening cross-cultural comparative studies.

Keywords face recognition      own-group bias      perceptual expertise hypothesis      social-cognitive approach      categorization-individuation model      dual-route approach to other-race effect     
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