Stereotypic Representations of Groups Shape Facial Impressions of Group Members

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Description: Modern theoretical models posit that we form impressions from others’ faces along two relatively independent dimensions: Valence and Dominance. Because stereotypic information about different social groups might influence the way impressions are formed, the present research tested how well this model fit and generalized across different race × gender groups. Using a variety of confirmatory and exploratory techniques, Study 1 revealed that models fit poorly across all groups, indicating that current models of impression formation may be oversimplifying a highly complex space. Critical to our central question, the face-trait space varied meaningfully across different race × gender social categories. Study 2 found that these race × gender differences were partially explained by the stereotypic associations with each social category, providing the first evidence that top-down categorical information shifts the featural face-trait space.

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Data and code for this project was made public on 2019-09-13. However, the original preregistration files include identifying information about the authors. For the purposes of retaining author anonymity for peer review, we have removed any identifying information (including author names, affiliations, and links to university-specific recruitment websites) from these documents. Please note that th...


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  • Using RSA to compare the face 'trait space' with the group-level stereotype space across race and gender: A Replication | Registered: 2019-01-13 21:45 UTC

    In a previous study, we examined whether differences in the facial 'trait space' across groups were partially explained by concomitant differences in ...

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