Preliminary findings on the cross cultural test of face recognition

Sid E. O'Bryant, Robert J. McCaffrey

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The utility of psychological tests cross-culturally has received a great deal of attention in psychology. However, this same level of attentiveness has yet to be realized in the field of neuropsychology. One such area of neuropsychological assessment that may be negatively impacted by racial and ethnic variables is the assessment of facial memory. There is a plethora of literature in cognitive psychology demonstrating an own-race recognition bias in human face memory. Simply stated, individuals are more apt to accurately remember faces of individuals who are of their own race rather than those of other races. Study 1 was conducted to evaluate the performance of the Cross Cultural Test of Face Recognition (CCTFR) in a diverse sample of nonimpaired individuals. Results suggested the presence of an own-race recognition bias present, but this had no impact on overall CCTFR performance. Study 2 was conducted to determine if CVA patients would perform more poorly than community controls on the CCTFR. As predicted, community controls significantly outperformed CVA patients, and the CCTFR demonstrated a moderate level of sensitivity and specificity. Combined, the results of these studies provide preliminary support for the utility of the CCTFR in the neuropsychological assessment of diverse patient populations. Clearly more research is needed to support the utility of this new test efface recognition, but preliminary results suggest that it may be a viable option for the assessment of visual memory across a spectrum of ethnic groups.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)223-229
Number of pages7
JournalApplied Neuropsychology
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2007


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