Supervisor: Dr. David Keeble, Dr. Ian Stephen (Macquarie University)
The tendency for individuals to have better recognition of own-race faces compared to other-race faces –known as the own-race bias (ORB)– is a well-known psychological phenomenon that has been studied for decades. Conducting research on the ORB in multi-racial society, such as Malaysia, can be helpful as it could shed light on how interracial contact and cultural factors interact to influence cross-racial face recognition and face processing.
My current research investigates the ORB in Malaysians (e.g., Malay, Malaysian, and Indian) and Caucasians by using a classic yes/no face recognition task. Eye tracking techniques are also used to examine if individuals from different ethnic groups adopt different eye movement strategies when perceiving own- and other-race faces. More specifically, we would like to confirm whether the dissimilar face processing styles between Malaysian Malay, Malaysian Chinese, and Malaysian Indian individuals who live in the same East-Asian country with Western influences truly exist.
Wong, H. K., Keeble, D. R. T., & Stephen, I. D. (2015, July). Do I know you? The own-race bias and eye tracking for face recognition in Malaysians and Caucasians. Poster presented at the Asia-Pacific Vision Conference 2015 (APVC), Nanyang University, Singapore.