ERIC Number: EJ586557
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Publication Date: 1999
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Infant Preferences for Attractive Faces: A Cognitive Explanation.
Rubenstein, Adam J.; Kalakanis, Lisa; Langlois, Judith H.
Developmental Psychology, v35 n3 p848-55 May 1999
Four studies assessed a cognitive explanation for development of infants' preference for attractive faces: cognitive averaging and preferences for mathematically averaged faces, or prototypes. Findings indicated that adults and 6-month olds prefer prototypical, mathematically averaged faces and that 6-month olds can abstract the central tendency from a group of naturalistic faces. Findings suggest that preferences can be explained by general information-processing mechanisms. (Author/KB)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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