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ERIC Number: EJ849254
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 40
ISSN: ISSN-1363-755X
Face Processing at Birth: A Thatcher Illusion Study
Leo, Irene; Simion, Francesca
Developmental Science, v12 n3 p492-498 May 2009
The present study was aimed at exploring newborns' ability to recognize configural changes within real face images by testing newborns' sensitivity to the Thatcher illusion. Using the habituation procedure, newborns' ability to discriminate between an unaltered face image and the same face with the eyes and the mouth 180 degrees rotated (i.e. thatcherized) was investigated. Newborns were able to discriminate an unaltered from the thatcherized version of the same face when stimuli were presented in the canonical upright orientation (Experiment 1), but failed to discriminate the same stimuli when they were presented upside-down (Experiment 2). The results indicate that sensitivity to fine spatial information (defined as second-order relational information) in processing upright faces is already present at birth.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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