Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Race, recognition and relations

The vast majority of people - other than those suffering from very rare neurological conditions - can recognise members of their own family, and people can also spot family resemblances among other people as well. Researchers from the University of Montpelier in France wanted to see if this ability to recognise related people crossed racial boundaries. French and Senegalese participants in the study were asked to match photos of parents with photos of their children. Both groups were able to detect kinship in the other group with the same degree of success and how much contact a French person had with Senegalese people (and vice versa) had no effect on the participants' ability to match parents to children.

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