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ERIC Number: EJ1012987
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Mar
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 24
ISSN: ISSN-0165-0254
The Face Perception System becomes Species-Specific at 3 Months: An Eye-Tracking Study
Di Giorgio, Elisa; Meary, David; Pascalis, Olivier; Simion, Francesca
International Journal of Behavioral Development, v37 n2 p95-99 Mar 2013
The current study aimed at investigating own- vs. other-species preferences in 3-month-old infants. The infants' eye movements were recorded during a visual preference paradigm to assess whether they show a preference for own-species faces when contrasted with other-species faces. Human and monkey faces, equated for all low-level perceptual characteristics, were used. Our results demonstrated that 3-month-old infants preferred the human face, suggesting that the face perception system becomes species-specific after 3 months of visual experience with a specific class of faces. The eye tracking results are also showing that fixations were more focused on the eye area of human faces, supporting the notion of their importance in holding visual attention. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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