Modeling the role of social-cognitive processes in the recognition of own-and other-race faces

Kyle J. Susa, Christian A. Meissner, Hendrik de Heer

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Known as the cross-race effect (CEE), psychological research has consistently shown that people are less accurate at identifying faces of another, less familiar race. While the CRE has most often been demonstrated in recognition memory, its effects have also been found in temporally preceding social-cognitive stages-including racial categorization, perceptual discrimination, and higher-level cognitive processing. using path models of own-and other-race face processing, the current study sought to estimate how temporally preceding processes might mediate the CRE established in recognition memory. Results demonstrated that racial categorization and higher-level cognitive processes primarily mediate the CRE in recognition memory, and that the degree of interracial contact moderated the incidence of repetition errors on other-race faces.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)523-537
Number of pages15
JournalSocial Cognition
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 2010
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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