At face value: Psychological outcomes differ for real vs. computer-generated multiracial faces.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Multiracial research emphasizes hypodescent categorizations and relies on computer-generated stimuli. Four experiments showed that real biracial faces in a 2-Choice categorization task (White, Black) elicited hypodescent more than computer-generated faces. Additionally, Experiment 2 showed a 2-Choice categorization task with real biracial faces increased racial essentialism more than a 3-Choice categorization task. Experiment 3 showed that mere exposure to real biracial faces did not increase essentialism. Finally, Experiments 4a and 4b replicated hypodescent outcomes when comparing real biracial faces to computer-generated versions of those same faces. In sum, these findings initiate a discussion surrounding the methodology of multiracial categorizations.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Gaither, SE; Chen, JM; Pauker, K; Sommers, SR

Published Date

  • January 2019

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 159 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 592 - 610

PubMed ID

  • 30376420

Pubmed Central ID

  • 30376420

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1940-1183

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0022-4545

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1080/00224545.2018.1538929


  • eng