Preference for attractive faces in human infants extends beyond conspecifics

Quinn, P. C., Kelly, David J., Lee, K., Pascalis, O., Slater, A. M. (2008) Preference for attractive faces in human infants extends beyond conspecifics. Developmental Science, 11 (13). pp. 76-83. ISSN 1363-755X. (doi:10.1111/j.1467-7687.2007.00647.x)

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Abstract

Human infants, just a few days of age, are known to prefer attractive human faces. We examined whether this preference is human-specific. Three- to 4-month-olds preferred attractive over unattractive domestic and wild cat (tiger) faces (Experiments 1 and 3). The preference was not observed when the faces were inverted, suggesting that it did not arise from low-level image differences (Experiments 2 and 3). In addition, the spontaneous preference for attractive tiger faces influenced performance in a recognition memory task involving attractive versus unattractive tiger face pairings (Experiment 4). The findings suggest that infant preference for attractive faces reflects the activity of general processing mechanisms rather than a specific adaptation to mate choice.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1111/j.1467-7687.2007.00647.x
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 13:03 UTC
Last Modified: 30 May 2019 08:32 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/70892 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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