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Races look alike not necessarily because of one’s disability to differentiate races, but because of the way in which they influence themselves in being judgmental and seeing things in a racist perspective whether they wanted to or not. With many making racist comments, such as, all Asians tend to look alike, Asians do in fact seemingly have a case of having very limited and similar characteristics… or do they? Understanding that genetically the facial appearances of an Asian person’s parents are passed down to him/her, also known as “heredity”, the question still remains as to why, despite the constant passing of genes from generations to generations, do other race people still continue to be unable to see the differences between other races. Originally believed that the “cross-race effect” made one assume that the faces of other races were more psychologically similar than the faces of his/her own race, PhD Daniel Levin was unsatisfied with this hypothesis.

Being a cognitive psychologist at Kent State University, Daniel Levin believes that mentally most people would end up emphasizing on understanding the race categories (Blacks, Whites, Asians) rather than the aspects that helps define and recognize people as individuals. Thus by first testing 25 white participants to locate an African American face among a sea of white faces, Levin then tells the participants to find the same identical face from a different set of photos. Through the results shown, it showed that the participants indeed were better at differentiating the race categories, yet lacked recognizing the specific individual. Furthermore, this time by using the same photos, Levin formed a continuum of the faces, having the blacks at one end of the continuum and whites at the other. Then having the participants to differentiate the faces of both sides, he analyzed their responses about each of the faces. Therefore, understanding the experimental variables as well as the need of constant repetition of the experiments in different forms, Daniel Levin used the scientific method to bring about whether or not his hypothesis was indeed correct.

Finally, by using the results of both tasks, a surprising result emerged that Daniel Levin believes went in a completely different direction than his hypothesis. Realizing that the participants who had done poorly at recognizing the black person on the recognition task had made the most accurate race-based discriminations towards the differentiation task; Levin believes that all people are in fact accurate in differentiating races and that it is only a person’s own desire to discriminate and judge others, that distorts one’s perspective towards others. Thus, instead of having a racist mind-set that see races as a large group of same colored people, rather than a group of individuals, we should instead value other peoples’ differences and not grow further away from viewing others only by their appearances.


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