Dr. Kerry Kawakami
Department of Psychology, York University
The human face plays a crucial role in intergroup contexts because it contains valuable information about others. Although research has convincingly demonstrated that perceivers are better at understanding and extracting information from faces that belong to ingroups relative to outgroups, we know surprisingly little about how people process faces from their own and other categories. In the current research we investigated the impact of perceivers’ attention to the eyes of ingroup and outgroup faces on important intergroup biases. The results from seven experiments demonstrate that perceivers attended more to the eyes of ingroup than outgroup faces and that this pattern of attentional preference is associated with identification of outgroup members (i.e., the Own Race Effect), a willingness to interact with outgroups, emotion identification, and trust.
This lecture is made possible by a generous Endowment by the family of Allen. L. Edwards.