ERIC Number: EJ939703
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Reference Count: 8
What Do Studies of Face Processing Tell Us about Trajectories of Development? A Commentary on Cashon & Cohen
Nelson, Charles A.
Journal of Cognition and Development, v5 n1 p131-135 2004
All of the target articles in this issue are concerned with trajectories of development, with all focusing in one way or another on U-shaped functions. For purposes of this commentary, the author is primarily concerned with the Cashon and Cohen article. The mechanisms whereby one processes faces represent one of several perceptual/cognitive functions that many believe follows a linear or curvilinear progression. Thus, a common view is that there is rapid improvement in one's ability to process faces over the first year or so of life, followed by a decelerating trajectory, until early adolescence, when the ability to process faces resembles that of the adult. Cashon and Cohen also report very intriguing differences in how infants process upright versus inverted faces. This is an important observation, one that builds on a long history of using inverted faces. However, to continue the line of reasoning begun above, a more temporally sensitive measure than looking time (e.g., eye tracking, ERPs, etc.) might also reveal similarities in the processing of upright and inverted faces, not just differences.
Descriptors: Developmental Psychology, Human Body, Recognition (Psychology), Visual Discrimination, Time Perspective, Infants, Adults
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