ERIC Number: EJ849198
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jan
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Reference Count: 39
Preference for Attractive Faces in Human Infants Extends beyond Conspecifics
Quinn, Paul C.; Kelly, David J.; Lee, Kang; Pascalis, Olivier; Slater, Alan M.
Developmental Science, v11 n1 p76-83 Jan 2008
Human infants, just a few days of age, are known to prefer attractive human faces. We examined whether this preference is human-specific. Three- to 4-month-olds preferred attractive over unattractive domestic and wild cat (tiger) faces (Experiments 1 and 3). The preference was not observed when the faces were inverted, suggesting that it did not arise from low-level image differences (Experiments 2 and 3). In addition, the spontaneous preference for attractive tiger faces influenced performance in a recognition memory task involving attractive versus unattractive tiger face pairings (Experiment 4). The findings suggest that infant preference for attractive faces reflects the activity of general processing mechanisms rather than a specific adaptation to mate choice.
Descriptors: Infants, Recognition (Psychology), Visual Perception, Visual Stimuli, Memory, Cognitive Processes, Visual Discrimination, Human Body
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