Psychonomic Bulletin & Review

, Volume 12, Issue 6, pp 1043–1047 | Cite as

An own-age bias in face recognition for children and older adults

  • Jeffrey S. AnastasiEmail author
  • Matthew G. Rhodes
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In the present study, we examined whether children and older adults exhibit an own-age face recognition bias. Participants studied photographs of children, younger adults, middle-aged adults, and older adults and were administered a recognition test. Results showed that both children and older adults more accurately recognized own-age faces than other-age faces. These data suggest that individuals may acquire expertise for identifying faces from their own age group and are discussed in terms of Sporer’s (2001) in-group/out-group model of face recognition.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Social and Behavioral SciencesArizona State University at the West CampusGlendale
  2. 2.Washington UniversitySt. Louis

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