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ERIC Number: EJ831571
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Apr
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 51
ISSN: ISSN-0022-0965
The Effect of Inversion on 3- to 5-Year-Olds' Recognition of Face and Nonface Visual Objects
Picozzi, Marta; Cassia, Viola Macchi; Turati, Chiara; Vescovo, Elena
Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, v102 n4 p487-502 Apr 2009
This study compared the effect of stimulus inversion on 3- to 5-year-olds' recognition of faces and two nonface object categories matched with faces for a number of attributes: shoes (Experiment 1) and frontal images of cars (Experiments 2 and 3). The inversion effect was present for faces but not shoes at 3 years of age (Experiment 1). Analogous results were found for boys when faces were compared with frontal images of cars. For girls, stimulus inversion impaired recognition of both faces and cars at 3 to 4 years of age, becoming specific to faces only at 5 years of age (Experiments 2 and 3). Evidence demonstrates that the ability to extract the critical cues that lead to adults' efficient face recognition is selectively tuned to faces during preschool years. (Contains 5 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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