Cultural Differences in Face Recognition and Potential Underlying Mechanisms

Caroline Blais, Karina J. Linnell, Serge Caparos, Amanda Estéphan
2021 Frontiers in Psychology  
The ability to recognize a face is crucial for the success of social interactions. Understanding the visual processes underlying this ability has been the focus of a long tradition of research. Recent advances in the field have revealed that individuals having different cultural backgrounds differ in the type of visual information they use for face processing. However, the mechanisms that underpin these differences remain unknown. Here, we revisit recent findings highlighting group differences
more » ... n face processing. Then, we integrate these results in a model of visual categorization developed in the field of psychophysics: the RAP framework. On the basis of this framework, we discuss potential mechanisms, whether face-specific or not, that may underlie cross-cultural differences in face perception.
doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2021.627026 pmid:33927668 pmcid:PMC8076495 fatcat:hnv2au4hpnd2nenm7or5r5i7j4