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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




Journal article


Soc Cogn Affect Neurosci

Publication Date





16 - 25


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