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Caucasian Infants’ Attentional Orienting to Own- and Other-Race Faces

Prunty, Jonathan E., Jackson, Kelsey C., Keemink, Jolie R., Kelly, David J. (2020) Caucasian Infants’ Attentional Orienting to Own- and Other-Race Faces. Brain Sciences, 10 (1). Article Number 53. E-ISSN 2076-3425. (doi:10.3390/brainsci10010053) (KAR id:79583)

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Infants show preferential attention toward faces and detect faces embedded within complex naturalistic scenes. Newborn infants are insensitive to race, but rapidly develop differential processing of own- and other-race faces. In the present study, we investigated the development of attentional orienting toward own- and other-race faces embedded within naturalistic scenes. Infants aged six-, nine- and twelve-months did not show differences in the speed of orienting to own- and other race faces, but other-race faces held infants’ visual attention for longer. We also found a clear developmental progression in attentional capture and holding, with older infants orienting to faces faster and fixating them for longer. Results are interpreted within the context of the two-process model of face processing.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.3390/brainsci10010053
Uncontrolled keywords: eye movements; development; vision; face processing; race
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: David Kelly
Date Deposited: 17 Jan 2020 09:13 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 14:10 UTC
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