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ERIC Number: EJ810340
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0009-3920
Limitations in 4-Year-Old Children's Sensitivity to the Spacing among Facial Features
Mondloch, Catherine J.; Thomson, Kendra
Child Development, v79 n5 p1513-1523 Sep-Oct 2008
Four-year-olds' sensitivity to differences among faces in the spacing of features was tested under 4 task conditions: judging distinctiveness when the external contour was visible and when it was occluded, simultaneous match-to-sample, and recognizing the face of a friend. In each task, the foil differed only in the spacing of features, and spacing alterations were within normal limits. Children performed at chance levels in all but 1 task--match-to-sample, and in that task, only 10 of 18 children were correct on more than 50% of the trials. Sensitivity to the spacing of facial features in identity and distinctiveness tasks is very weak at 4 years of age--at least when the changes do not exceed [plus or minus]2.5 SD of normal variability.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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