The Psychonomics Seminar Series 2008
"Pin the empirical tail on the donkey, and watch it buck at the threat of ignorance lost "
This Friday, at 3pm in room 302, we have the great pleasure to announce that our very own Professor Ottmar Lipp will present a talk titled "Searching for differences in ethnicity - is there evidence for preferential processing of other race faces?"
Professor Ottmar Lipp completed his PhD in Giessen, Germany, before taking up a postdoctoral position here at UQ in 1991. It was generally decided by one and all that having Ottmar around was such a good idea, that he was subsequently appointed to a faculty position in 1994 and has been happily ensconced ever since. And it is not just us at UQ who have been impressed. Ottmar's all round research greatness, charm and good looks. These attributes have been recognized by the award of a Professorial Research Fellowship from the ARC, by appointment as a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and by his' Editorship of the
international journal Biological Psychology.
Recent research in human fear learning has suggested that other race faces (African American for Caucasian observers), like animal and social fear-relevant stimuli, are subject to prepared learning (Olsson et al., 2005). Findings of preferential detection of other race faces (African American; Levin, 2000) in visual search, again resembling findings with animal and social fear-relevant stimuli, support the
interpretation that other race faces are fear-relevant. Visual search studies from our laboratory, however, that used Chinese or Indonesian faces as other race faces yielded the opposite pattern of results, namely faster detection of same race faces among other race faces. This apparently inconsistent pattern of results was resolved in a series of studies that employed Asian and African American faces as other race faces and varied task demands.