The own-group biases in face recognition: One theory to explain them all?

Authors: Hills, P.J. and Mahabeer, A.

Pages: 337-364

ISBN: 9781536123982


People are often better at recognising faces of their own group over various other groups. The own-group biases have been extensively studied in terms of ethnicity, gender, and age. There is also evidence for own-personality, -sexuality, and -university biases. There are two main groups of theories that purport to explain all of the own-group biases: perceptual expertise models and socio-cognitive motivational accounts. The degree with which each theory can explain all group biases remains an enigmatic question. In this chapter, we review the evidence for the own-group biases and how they relate to the various models that have been proposed to explain them. Finally, we will pose some unanswered research questions that remain to be explored.

Source: Scopus