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ERIC Number: ED206765
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Pages: 23
Abstractor: N/A
The Effects of Anti-Black Attitudes and Fear of Rape on Accuracy for the Recognition of Black and White Faces: Another Step Beyond the Layperson's Knowledge.
Mack, David B.; And Others
It was hypothesized that young white women who held antiblack attitudes and who were most fearful of being raped would be less accurate in recognizing photographs of black faces than of white faces, in comparison with young white women without these attitudes and fears. Subjects completed a racial attitude scale and a question measuring their fear of being raped; subsequently they participated in a photograph recognition task involving repeated observation of photos of black and white males and females. Photographs of whites were more accurately recognized than those of blacks, confirming previous findings. Using a signal detection procedure, it was found that, in addition, antiblack subjects exhibited a significant difference in their inability to recognize black faces. There was also a trend toward those subjects who were most fearful of being raped being better able to recognize white faces than black faces. The findings of the test have implications for the accuracy of eyewitness identification, especially in rape cases. (Author/APM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A