Infants Experience Perceptual Narrowing for Nonprimate Faces

Elizabeth A Simpson, Krisztina Varga, Janet E. Frick, Dorothy Fragaszy

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Abstract

Perceptual narrowing-a phenomenon in which perception is broad from birth, but narrows as a function of experience-has previously been tested with primate faces. In the first 6months of life, infants can discriminate among individual human and monkey faces. Though the ability to discriminate monkey faces is lost after about 9months, infants retain human face discrimination, presumably because of their experience with human faces. The current study demonstrates that 4- to 6-month-old infants are able to discriminate nonprimate faces as well. In a visual paired comparison test, 4- to 6-month-old infants (n=26) looked significantly longer at novel sheep (Ovis aries) faces, compared to a familiar sheep face (p=017), while 9- to 11-month-olds (n=26) showed no visual preference, and adults (n=27) had a familiarity preference (p

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)318-328
Number of pages11
JournalInfancy
Volume16
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2011
Externally publishedYes

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  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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Infants Experience Perceptual Narrowing for Nonprimate Faces. / Simpson, Elizabeth A; Varga, Krisztina; Frick, Janet E.; Fragaszy, Dorothy.

In: Infancy, Vol. 16, No. 3, 05.2011, p. 318-328.

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Simpson, Elizabeth A ; Varga, Krisztina ; Frick, Janet E. ; Fragaszy, Dorothy. / Infants Experience Perceptual Narrowing for Nonprimate Faces. In: Infancy. 2011 ; Vol. 16, No. 3. pp. 318-328.
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