Cross-Group Recognition Bias and Diverse Digital Representations of Identity
January 2010 - open-end
budget resources of KMRC
This project investigates the potential for and consequences of cross-group recognition bias (better memory for people who share ethnic or social group memberships with a perceiver than for people who do not share ethnic or social group memberships with a perceiver) when personal identity can be represented in the diverse forms afforded by electronic communication. Previously, cross-group recognition bias has been treated exclusively as a face recognition bias. In this research, my collaborators and I have found that recognition bias extends to non-face representations of digital identity, including diverse pictorial representations of identity and written verbal representations of identity (Ray & Matschke, in press). My future research efforts will focus on the understanding and exploring the theoretical implications of this finding for cross-group recognition bias as well as on understanding the impact of cross-group recognition bias in electronic communities.
- Ray, D., & Matschke, C. (2012). Cross-group recognition bias generalizes to diverse non-face representations of digital identity. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 48, 387-390.