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Plasticity of face processing in infancy

Pascalis, O., Scott, L. S., Kelly, David J., Shannon, R.W., Nicholson, E., Coleman, M., Nelson, C. A. (2005) Plasticity of face processing in infancy. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, . ISSN 0027-8424. (doi:10.1073/pnas.0406627102)

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Experience plays a crucial role for the normal development of many perceptual and cognitive functions, such as speech perception. For example, between 6 and 10 months of age, the infant’s ability to discriminate among native speech sounds improves, whereas the ability to discriminate among foreign speech sounds declines. However, a recent investigation suggests that some experience with nonnative languages from 9 months of age facilitates the maintenance of this ability at 12 months. Nelson has suggested that the systems underlying face processing may be similarly sculpted by experience with different kinds of faces. In the current investigation, we demonstrate that, in human infants between 6 and 9 months of age, exposure to nonnative faces, in this case, faces of Barbary macaques (Macaca sylvanus), facilitates the discrimination of monkey faces, an ability that is otherwise lost around 9 months of age. These data support, and further elucidate, the role of early experience in the development of face processing.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1073/pnas.0406627102
Uncontrolled keywords: development, early experience, monkey, recognition
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology > Developmental Psychology
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: David Kelly
Date Deposited: 10 Dec 2018 12:33 UTC
Last Modified: 30 May 2019 08:32 UTC
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