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Right wing authoritarianism is associated with race bias in face detection

Bret, A; Beffara, B; McFadyen, J; Mermillod, M; (2017) Right wing authoritarianism is associated with race bias in face detection. PLoS One , 12 (7) , Article e0179894. 10.1371/journal.pone.0179894. Green open access

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Abstract

Racial discrimination can be observed in a wide range of psychological processes, including even the earliest phases of face detection. It remains unclear, however, whether racially-biased low-level face processing is influenced by ideologies, such as right wing authoritarianism or social dominance orientation. In the current study, we hypothesized that socio-political ideologies such as these can substantially predict perceptive racial bias during early perception. To test this hypothesis, 67 participants detected faces within arrays of neutral objects. The faces were either Caucasian (in-group) or North African (out-group) and either had a neutral or angry expression. Results showed that participants with higher self-reported right-wing authoritarianism were more likely to show slower response times for detecting out- vs. in-groups faces. We interpreted our results according to the Dual Process Motivational Model and suggest that socio-political ideologies may foster early racial bias via attentional disengagement.

Type: Article
Title: Right wing authoritarianism is associated with race bias in face detection
Location: United States
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0179894
Publisher version: http://doi.org/ 10.1371/journal.pone.0179894
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright: © 2017 Bret et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Keywords: Adolescent, Adult, African Americans, Authoritarianism, European Continental Ancestry Group, Facial Recognition, Female, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, Racism, Regression Analysis, Time Factors, Young Adult
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology > Imaging Neuroscience
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10071139
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