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UNI to host lecture on racial categorization

February 15, 2012
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Otto MacLin, professor, psychology, 319-273-2373, otto.maclin@uni.edu

Kim MacLin, professor, psychology, 319-273-2302, kim.maclin@uni.edu

Stacey Christensen, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728, stacey.christensen@uni.edu

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Otto and Kim MacLin, University of Northern Iowa professors of psychology will present their lecture "Racial Categorization: Impact on Stereotypes, Prejudice, and Face Processing," at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 28, at the University Museum, 3219 Hudson Road, Cedar Falls, Iowa.

The human brain has evolved to efficiently process information related to race with same-race faces being processed differently than other-race faces. The lecture will discuss how the perception of race significantly alters the processing of faces, which in turn affects recognition, accuracy, memory, stereotypes and prejudice in laboratory and real-world contexts. The MacLins will discuss how to offset the differential processing by changing behavioral responses.

This program is presented in conjunction with the University Museums exhibit "RACE: Are We So Different?" For more information on the lecture, contact Otto at 319-273-2373 or otto.maclin@uni.edu or Kim, at 319-273-2302 or kim.maclin@uni.edu.