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ERIC Number: EJ951305
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0885-2014
Developmental Changes in Face Recognition during Childhood: Evidence from Upright and Inverted Faces
de Heering, Adelaide; Rossion, Bruno; Maurer, Daphne
Cognitive Development, v27 n1 p17-27 Jan-Mar 2012
Adults are experts at recognizing faces but there is controversy about how this ability develops with age. We assessed 6- to 12-year-olds and adults using a digitized version of the Benton Face Recognition Test, a sensitive tool for assessing face perception abilities. Children's response times for correct responses did not decrease between ages 6 and 12, for either upright or inverted faces, but were significantly longer than those of adults for both face types. Accuracy improved between ages 6 and 12, significantly more for upright than inverted faces. Inverted face recognition improved slowly until late childhood, whereas there was a large improvement in upright face recognition between ages 6 and 8, with a further enhancement after age 12. These results provide further evidence that during childhood face processing undergoes protracted development and becomes increasingly tuned to upright faces. (Contains 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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