Publication details for Dr Holger WieseWiese, H., Komes, J. & Schweinberger, S.R. (2013). Ageing faces in ageing minds: A review on the own-age bias in face recognition. Visual Cognition 21(9-10): 1337-1363.
- Publication type: Journal Article
- ISSN/ISBN: 1350-6285 (print), 1464-0716 (electronic)
- DOI: 10.1080/13506285.2013.823139
- Further publication details on publisher web site
Author(s) from Durham
Similar to the well-established own-race bias, participants are more accurate at remembering own- relative to other-age faces. An own-age bias (OAB) in face memory was demonstrated in participants older than approximately 5 years. Crucially, the OAB is modulated by contact—participants with substantial contact with other-age persons show either reduced or absent OAB effects. In line with a perceptual expertise account of the phenomenon, holistic processing of other-age faces is less efficient when tested with young adult versus child faces, and differential holistic processing may therefore reflect one mechanism contributing to the OAB. A possible additional contribution of sociocognitive factors to the OAB remains largely untested. Importantly, event-related brain potential studies suggest that the own-race and own-age biases are based on at least partly different mechanisms. Theoretical explanations for different group-based biases in face memory will need to consider these findings.