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A Racial/Ethnic Performance Disparity on the Facial Recognition Test

Authors
  • Edward Fouty, H.1
  • Weitzner, Daniel S.1
  • Sanchez, Hanny C.1
  • Brandon, Brianna M.1
  • Mills, Rachel A.1
  • Bologna, Estefany S.1
  • Guzman, Daniel1
  • Ailes, Erica L.1
  • Brown, Katelyn D.1
  • Smith, Cassandra R.1
  • Briceno, Karen Y.1
  • 1 University of Central Florida, Department of Psychology, Daytona Beach, Florida, USA , Daytona Beach (United States)
Type
Published Article
Journal
GSTF Journal of Psychology (JPsych)
Publisher
Global Science and Technology Forum
Publication Date
Sep 23, 2016
Volume
2
Issue
2
Identifiers
DOI: 10.7603/s40790-015-0014-y
Source
Springer Nature
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Abstract

The Facial Recognition Test is a widely used psychometric instrument for assessing visuoperceptual functioning. Only two prior studies have examined the effects of race/ethnicity on this test. Given that the United States has become more culturally diverse since the creation of the test, it is important to re-visit the effects of this demographic variable on performance. Participants were 75 males and 75 females between the ages of 18 and 43 years (M = 21.91, SD = 5.33). Racial/ethnic categories utilized by the U.S. Census Bureau were equally represented. No gender differences were observed. The race/ethnicity main effect was significant. The gender x race/ethnicity interaction was not significant. The data revealed a clear racial/ethnic performance disparity on the Facial Recognition Test.

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