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ERIC Number: EJ850209
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Nov
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 28
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1363-755X
Three-Month-Olds, but Not Newborns, Prefer Own-Race Faces
Kelly, David J.; Quinn, Paul C.; Slater, Alan M.; Lee, Kang; Gibson, Alan; Smith, Michael; Ge, Liezhong; Pascalis, Olivier
Developmental Science, v8 n6 pF31-F36 Nov 2005
Adults are sensitive to the physical differences that define ethnic groups. However, the age at which we become sensitive to ethnic differences is currently unclear. Our study aimed to clarify this by testing newborns and young infants for sensitivity to ethnicity using a visual preference (VP) paradigm. While newborn infants demonstrated no spontaneous preference for faces from either their own- or other-ethnic groups, 3-month-old infants demonstrated a significant preference for faces from their own-ethnic group. These results suggest that preferential selectivity based on ethnic differences is not present in the first days of life, but is learned within the first 3 months of life. The findings imply that adults' perceptions of ethnic differences are learned and derived from differences in exposure to own- versus other-race faces during early development.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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