More Than Skin Color Determines Perceived Race: UC Irvine Research
Keep in mind that the person being tested may have ultimately chosen the correct race of the model. What the researchers were after was that initial assumption. The pattern grew more pronounced as faces became more racially ambiguous, the study concluded.
"Together, the findings show how stereotypes interact with physical cues to shape person categorization, and suggest that social and contextual factors guide the perception of race," reads the abstract of the study "Looking the Part," which was posted Sept. 26 on PLos ONE.
Penner's co-authors were psychology graduate student Jonathan B. Freeman, and Matthias Scheutz, computer science associate professor at Tufts University; Nalini Ambady, psychology professor, and Aliya Saperstein, sociology assistant professor, at Stanford.