A Racial/Ethnic Performance Disparity on the Facial Recognition Test

H. Edward Fouty, Daniel S. Weitzner, Hanny C. Sanchez, Brianna M. Brandon, Rachel A. Mills, Estefany S. Bologna, Daniel Guzman, Erica L. Ailes, Katelyn D. Brown, Cassandra R. Smith, Karen Y. Briceno


The Facial Recognition Test is a widely used psychometric instrument for assessing visuoperceptual functioning. Only two prior studies have examined the effects of race/ethnicity on this test. Given that the United States has become more culturally diverse since the creation of the test, it is important to re-visit the effects of this demographic variable on performance. Participants were 75 males and 75 females between the ages of 18 and 43 years (M = 21.91, SD = 5.33). Racial/ethnic categories utilized by the U.S. Census Bureau were equally represented. No gender differences were observed. The race/ethnicity main effect was significant. The gender x race/ethnicity interaction was not significant. The data revealed a clear racial/ethnic performance disparity on the Facial Recognition Test.


Facial Recognition Test, FRT, race, ethnicity

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