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Cross-race identification bias[edit]
This effect refers to the decreased ability of people of one race to recognize faces and facial expressions of people of another race. This differs from the cross-race bias because this effect is found mostly during eyewitness identification as well as identification of a suspect in a line-up. In these situations, many people feel as if races other than their own look alike, and they have difficulty distinguishing between members of different ethnic groups. Cross-race identification bias is also known as the misinformation effect since people are considered to be misinformed about other races and have difficulty identifying them. In a study dealing with eyewitness testimony, investigators examined forty participants in a racially diverse area of the US. Participants watched a video of a property crime being committed, then in the next 24 hours came to pick the suspect out of a photo line-up. Most of the participants in the study either misidentified the suspect or stated the suspect was not in the line-up at all. Correct identification of the suspect occurred more often when the eyewitness and the suspect were of the same race.[22] In another study, 86 convenience store clerks were asked to identify three customers: one white, one black, and one Mexican, all of whom had purchased in the store earlier that day. The clerks tended to identify customers belonging to their own race accurately, but were more likely to make errors when attempting to identify other races members.[23]Meanwhile, another study found that “alcohol intoxication reduces the own-race bias in face recognition,” albeit by impairing accurate perception and leaving in place or increasing random error rather than by improving facial recognition of members of other groups.[24]
There has been some disagreement about the consistency of the own-race bias. However, data gathered from multiple studies does show that the own-race bias is consistent.[25] The own-race bias occurs in people of all races.[25] Since eyewitness identification can be problematic, researches have started to conduct studies of own-race biases using more forensics.[25]This kind of research needs to pay more attention to a target’s distinctive features and level of attractiveness.[25] If a target is very distinctive or very attractive, it could reduce the cross-race effect because that person would be easier to identify.[25]
Psychological experts all agree that the cross-race effect is a common occurrence during in-court testimony when an eyewitness is trying to remember a person.[26] In order to reduce the cross-race effect there have been multiple changes to how policemen handle eyewitness identification.[27] For example, to reduce the cross-race identification bias Britain has a law that states police must include the suspect in a line up with at least eight other people who share similar characteristics to him or her.[27] This forces the eyewitness to use his or her memory of the suspects features, not the suspect’s race, as a form of identification.[27]



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