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The present study investigated the influence social factors upon the neural processing of faces of other races using event-related potentials. A multi-tiered approach was used to identify face-specific stages of processing, to test for effects of race-of-face upon processing at these stages and to evaluate the impact of social contact and individuating experience upon these effects. The results showed that race-of-face has significant effects upon face processing, starting from early perceptual stages of structural encoding, and that social factors may play an important role in mediating these effects.

Original publication

DOI

10.1093/scan/nsm035

Type

Journal article

Journal

Soc Cogn Affect Neurosci

Publication Date

03/2008

Volume

3

Pages

16 - 25

Keywords

Adolescent, Analysis of Variance, Brain Mapping, Cerebral Cortex, Continental Population Groups, Discrimination (Psychology), Evoked Potentials, Face, Female, Humans, Mental Processes, Pattern Recognition, Visual, Perception, Recognition (Psychology), Reference Values, Social Identification, Social Perception, Young Adult