Author

Karen Duan

Date of Award

Spring 2013

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Department

Psychology

Abstract

Same race faces are recognized better than other race faces, and this other-race effect (ORE) can be explained by reduced holistic processing of other-race faces. Holistic processing is defined as a tendency to process all parts of a stimulus interactively as a whole. Previous studies found that experience can mediate ORE in holistic processing. The present study investigated whether quality or quantity of experience with the other-race better predicts holistic processing of other-race faces between Caucasian and Asian individuals. Contrary to what we expected, we did not find any correlation between experience with the other-race and the ORE in holistic processing for either Caucasian or Asian participants. However, our experiment revealed a negative correlation between the ORE in holistic processing and the response time for the actual face discrimination ability of the other-race faces among Asian participants. Such a surprising result indicates that for Asian individuals, the response time at the perceptual level that actually modulates ORE in holistic processing.

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