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ERIC Number: EJ856746
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 49
ISSN: ISSN-1525-0008
Infants' Processing of Featural and Configural Information in the Upper and Lower Halves of the Face
Quinn, Paul C.; Tanaka, James W.
Infancy, v14 n4 p474-487 2009
Three- to 4-month-old and 6- to 7-month-old infants were administered an infant version of the Face Dimensions Test that has been used with adults (e.g., Bukach, Le Grand, Kaiser, Bub, & Tanaka, 2008). Infants were familiarized with a photograph of a woman's face and then tested with the familiar face paired with a face differing in the (a) distance separating the eyes (a configural/eyes change), (b) distance between the nose and mouth (configural/mouth change), (c) size of the eyes (featural/eyes change), and (d) size of the mouth (featural/mouth change). Infants were shown to be more sensitive to (a) configural than featural change, and (b) change around the eyes versus the mouth. Implications for the development of face processing are discussed. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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