Dehon H, Brédart S, 2001, "An 'other-race' effect in age estimation from faces" Perception 30(9) 1107 – 1113
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An 'other-race' effect in age estimation from faces
Hedwige Dehon, Serge Brédart
Received 29 August 2000, in revised form 2 April 2001
Abstract. Previous studies have shown that, in person-recognition tasks, people perform better for faces belonging to their own race than for those belonging to another race. Recently, however, this 'other-race' effect has also been found in a sex-discrimination task (O'Toole et al, 1996 Perception 25 669 - 676). In the present study, we investigated whether this finding extendsto age perception. Caucasian and African participants were asked to estimate the age of Caucasian and African faces. The main result of this experiment was a significant 'race of subject' x 'race of face' interaction showing that Caucasian participants performed better at evaluating Caucasian faces than African faces. However, African participants performed equally with both type of faces. This result is explained by the Africans' time of residence in Belgium. The implication of this 'other-race' effect for age estimation is discussed with respect to eyewitness reports.
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