Karen Duan

Date of Award

Spring 2013

Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science




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.