An inner face advantage in children’s recognition of familiar peers

Ge, L. and Anzures, G. and Wang, Z. and Zhiliang, Y. and Kelly, David J. and Pascalis, O. and Quinn, P. C. and Slater, A. M. and Lee, K. (2008) An inner face advantage in children’s recognition of familiar peers. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 101 (2016). pp. 124-136. ISSN 0022-0965. (doi: (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Children’s recognition of familiar own-age peers was investigated. Chinese children (4-, 8-, and 14-year-olds) were asked to identify their classmates from photographs showing the entire face, the internal facial features only, the external facial features only, or the eyes, nose, or mouth only. Participants from all age groups were familiar with the faces used as stimuli for 1 academic year. The results showed that children from all age groups demonstrated an advantage for recognition of the internal facial features relative to their recognition of the external facial features. Thus, previous observations of a shift in reliance from external to internal facial features can be attributed to experience with faces rather than to age-related changes in face processing.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: Development of face processing
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 13:09 UTC
Last Modified: 12 Dec 2018 10:42 UTC
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