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GSTF Journal of Psychology (JPsych)

, 2:14

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A Racial/Ethnic Performance Disparity on the Facial Recognition Test

  • H. Edward FoutyAffiliated withDepartment of Psychology, University of Central Florida
  • , Daniel S. WeitznerAffiliated withDepartment of Psychology, University of Central Florida
  • , Hanny C. SanchezAffiliated withDepartment of Psychology, University of Central Florida
  • , Brianna M. BrandonAffiliated withDepartment of Psychology, University of Central Florida
  • , Rachel A. MillsAffiliated withDepartment of Psychology, University of Central Florida
  • , Estefany S. BolognaAffiliated withDepartment of Psychology, University of Central Florida
  • , Daniel GuzmanAffiliated withDepartment of Psychology, University of Central Florida
  • , Erica L. AilesAffiliated withDepartment of Psychology, University of Central Florida
  • , Katelyn D. BrownAffiliated withDepartment of Psychology, University of Central Florida
    • , Cassandra R. SmithAffiliated withDepartment of Psychology, University of Central Florida
    • , Karen Y. BricenoAffiliated withDepartment of Psychology, University of Central Florida

Abstract

The Facial Recognition Test is a widely used psychometric instrument for assessing visuoperceptual functioning. Only two prior studies have examined the effects of race/ethnicity on this test. Given that the United States has become more culturally diverse since the creation of the test, it is important to re-visit the effects of this demographic variable on performance. Participants were 75 males and 75 females between the ages of 18 and 43 years (M = 21.91, SD = 5.33). Racial/ethnic categories utilized by the U.S. Census Bureau were equally represented. No gender differences were observed. The race/ethnicity main effect was significant. The gender x race/ethnicity interaction was not significant. The data revealed a clear racial/ethnic performance disparity on the Facial Recognition Test.

Keywords

Facial Recognition Test FRT race ethnicity