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Facial-based ethnic recognition: insights from two closely related but ethnically distinct groups

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dc.contributor.author Coetzee, V
dc.contributor.author Greeff, J.M.
dc.contributor.author Barrett, L
dc.contributor.author Henzi, S.P.
dc.date.accessioned 2017-08-11T10:22:19Z
dc.date.available 2017-08-11T10:22:19Z
dc.date.created 2017-08
dc.date.issued 2009
dc.identifier.citation Coetzee, V. 2009 'Facial-based ethnic recognition: insights from two closely related but ethnically distinct groups' South African Journal of Science 105, November/December pp 464-466 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10907/1427
dc.description.abstract Previous studies on facial recognition have considered widely separated populations, both geographically and culturally, making it hard to disentangle effects of familiarity with an ability to identify ethnic groups per se.We used data from a highly intermixed population of African peoples from South Africa to test whether individuals from nine different ethnic groups could correctly differentiate between facial images of two of these, the Tswana and Pedi. Individuals could not assign ethnicity better than expected by chance, and there was no significant difference between genders in accuracy of assignment. Interestingly, we observed a trend that individuals of mixed ethnic origin were better at assigning ethnicity to Pedi and Tswanas, than individuals from less mixed backgrounds. This result supports the hypothesis that ethnic recognition is based on the visual expertise gained with exposure to different ethnic groups. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship South African National Research Foundation en_US
dc.format.extent 3 p. en_US
dc.format.medium PDF en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher South African Journal of Science en_US
dc.relation.requires Adobe acrobat reader en_US
dc.subject Ethnicity en_US
dc.subject Facial recognition en_US
dc.subject Exposure en_US
dc.subject Crosscultural studies en_US
dc.title Facial-based ethnic recognition: insights from two closely related but ethnically distinct groups en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.rights.holder National Research Foundation en_US


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