There is now considerable evidence that people are much better at discriminating among faces of their own race or ethnic group than among faces of other races or ethnic groups (Bartol & Bartol, 2004). Researchers call this phenomenon own-race bias (ORB), or it is sometimes referred to as “own-race effect” or “cross-race effect.” Although there are several possible explanations for ORB, the most popular is called the differential experience hypothesis. The hypothesis states that individuals will have greater familiarity or experience with members of their own race and will thus be better able to discern differences among its members. Thoughts/reactions??
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