Adults have more difficulty recognizing faces that belong to people of another race, and this deficit appears to start early.
New research indicates that by the time they are 9 months old, babies are better able to recognize faces and emotional expressionsof people who belong to the group they interact with most, than they are those of people who belong to another race.
Babies don’t start out this way; younger infants appear equally able to tell people apart, regardless of race.
“These results suggest that biases in face recognition and perception begin in preverbal infants, well before concepts about race are formed. It is important for us to understand the nature of these biases in order to reduce or eliminate [the biases],” said study researcher Lisa Scott, a psychologist at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, in a statement.
Oh wow. A study that shows people that spend a lot of time around one group of people, have an easier time identifying people who look like members of that group. Does not sound like rocket science to me. I could have told them that without the money and time they spent to come to this conclusion.
Nothing about this sounds like “racial bias” to me. Just familiarity bias. One commenter on the article said it well:
so babies are more comfortable with what’s familiar,…. this may be the dumbest study ever commissioned,… i hope tax dollars were not involved in studying the obvious.
Geez. Come on people.
Here is the full article.