The allure of status: high-status targets are privileged in face processing and memory.

@article{Ratcliff2011TheAO,
  title={The allure of status: high-status targets are privileged in face processing and memory.},
  author={Nathaniel J Ratcliff and Kurt Hugenberg and Edwin R Shriver and Michael J. Bernstein},
  journal={Personality & social psychology bulletin},
  year={2011},
  volume={37 8},
  pages={1003-15}
}
The current research tests the hypothesis that face processing is attuned to high-status faces. Across three experiments, faces of high-status targets were better recognized than faces of low-status targets. In Experiment 2, this memory advantage for high-status targets also extended to an attentional bias toward high-status targets and to stronger sociospatial memory (identity-location link) for high-status targets. Finally, Experiment 3 finds that high-status faces received more expert-style… CONTINUE READING