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ERIC Number: EJ856750
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 33
ISSN: ISSN-1525-0008
The Development of Specialized Processing of Own-Race Faces in Infancy
Ferguson, Kim T.; Kulkofsky, Sarah; Cashon, Cara H.; Casasola, Marianella
Infancy, v14 n3 p263-284 2009
In this study, we examined developmental changes in infants' processing of own- versus other-race faces. Caucasian American 8-month-olds (Experiment 1) and 4-month-olds (Experiment 2) were tested in a habituation-switch procedure designed to assess holistic (attending to the relationship between internal and external features of the face) versus featural (attending to individual features of the face) processing of faces. Eight-month-olds demonstrated holistic processing of upright own-race (Caucasian) faces, but featural processing of upright other-race (African) faces. Inverted faces were processed featurally, regardless of ethnicity. Four-month-olds, however, demonstrated holistic processing of both Caucasian and African upright faces. These results demonstrate that infants' processing of own- versus other-race faces becomes specialized between 4 and 8 months. (Contains 5 figures and 2 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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