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ERIC Number: EJ884658
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Aug
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0022-0965
The Development of Spatial Frequency Biases in Face Recognition
Leonard, Hayley C.; Karmiloff-Smith, Annette; Johnson, Mark H.
Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, v106 n4 p193-207 Aug 2010
Previous research has suggested that a mid-band of spatial frequencies is critical to face recognition in adults, but few studies have explored the development of this bias in children. We present a paradigm adapted from the adult literature to test spatial frequency biases throughout development. Faces were presented on a screen with particular spatial frequencies blocked out by noise masks. A mid-band bias was found in adults and 9- and 10-year-olds for upright faces but not for inverted faces, suggesting a face-sensitive effect. However, 7- and 8-year-olds did not demonstrate the mid-band bias for upright faces but rather processed upright and inverted faces similarly. This suggests that specialization toward the mid-band for upright face recognition develops gradually during childhood and may relate to an advanced level of face expertise. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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