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The shaping of face space in early infancy: Becoming a native face processor

Slater, A. M., Kelly, David J., Lee, K., Longmore, C. A., McDonald, P. R., Pascalis, O., Quinn, P. C. (2010) The shaping of face space in early infancy: Becoming a native face processor. Child Development, 4 (3). pp. 205-211. ISSN 0009-3920. (doi:10.1111/j.1750-8606.2010.00147.x)

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Face perception remains one of the most intensively researched areas in psychology and allied disciplines, and there has been much debate regarding the early origins and experiential determinants of face processing. This article reviews studies, the majority of which have appeared in the past decade, that discuss possible mechanisms underlying face perception at birth and document the prominent role of experience in shaping infants’ face?processing abilities. In the first months of life, infants develop a preference for female and own?race faces and become better able to recognize and categorize own?race and own?species faces. This perceptual narrowing and shaping of the “face space” forms a foundation for later face expertise in childhood and adulthood and testifies to the remarkable plasticity of the developing visual system.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1111/j.1750-8606.2010.00147.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 13:17 UTC
Last Modified: 30 May 2019 08:32 UTC
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