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Psychology News Roundup: ICYMI January 31, 2020

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Patience, allies, and procrastination. Read what you may have missed in the world of personality and social psychology on this week's ICYMI roundup.

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The Development of Own-Race Advantage in Infants and Children Reflects a Natural Outcome of Perceptual Learning

Illustration of children's faces drawn in a child's art style

People are remarkable at processing human faces. In a split second, one can recognize a person’s gender, race, or emotions. However, this expertise only works when the faces belong to one’s own racial group. Known as the own-race advantage (ORA), this psycholgical limitation affects people of all colors. People are notoriously bad at distinguishing between members of unfamiliar racial groups. Scientists have reliably demonstrated the ORA effect across different ethnic groups and with various experimental paradigms.

Why Parenting Can Never Have a Rule Book

Any parent will tell you that there is no simple recipe for raising a child. Being a parent means getting hefty doses of advice – often unsolicited – from others. But such advice often fails to consider a critical factor: the child. A new review of dozens of studies involving more than 14,600 pairs of twins shows that children's genetics significantly affect how they are parented.
 
"There is a lot of pressure on parents these days to produce children that excel in everything, socially and academically,” says Reut Avinun of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.