What an unfortunate example to use to explain reverse correlation technique in social psychology

From Brinkman, L., Dotsch, R., & Todorov, A. (In press). Visualising mental representations: A primer on noise-based reverse correlation in social psychology. European Review of Social Psychology.

reverse corre Moroccan quote

Apparently the researcher don’t know what a Moroccan person looks like, but they do know what a criminal looks like. Like I said, unfortunate. Imagine if it were the reverse. The researchers ask participants to look for a “criminal” face. They get the composite image. One of them shouts, “Hey, looks just like a Moroccan!”


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