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ERIC Number: EJ827588
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 72
ISSN: ISSN-0009-3920
Face Adaptation and Attractiveness Aftereffects in 8-Year-Olds and Adults
Anzures, Gizelle; Mondloch, Catherine J.; Lackner, Christine
Child Development, v80 n1 p178-191 Jan-Feb 2009
A novel method was used to investigate developmental changes in face processing: attractiveness aftereffects. Consistent with the norm-based coding model, viewing consistently distorted faces shifts adults' attractiveness preferences toward the adapting stimuli. Thus, adults' attractiveness judgments are influenced by a continuously updated face prototype. To investigate the development of this process, a novel method was developed for 8-year-olds. After reading a storybook composed of faces with either compressed or expanded features, 8-year-olds' ratings of faces distorted in the direction of the adapting stimuli increased. Nonetheless, they required larger distortions than adults to rate undistorted faces as most attractive preadaptation. Thus, although 8-year-olds' attractiveness preferences are influenced by a continuously updated prototype, their face space is less refined than that of adults.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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