ERIC Number: EJ732845
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Newborns' Face Recognition: Role of Inner and Outer Facial Features
Turati, Chiara; Macchi Cassia, Viola; Simion, Francesca; Leo, Irene
Child Development, v77 n2 p297-311 Mar-Apr 2006
Existing data indicate that newborns are able to recognize individual faces, but little is known about what perceptual cues drive this ability. The current study showed that either the inner or outer features of the face can act as sufficient cues for newborns' face recognition (Experiment 1), but the outer part of the face enjoys an advantage over the inner part (Experiment 2). Inversion of the face stimuli disrupted recognition when only the inner portion of the face was shown, but not when the whole face was fully visible or only the outer features were presented (Experiment 3). The results enhance our picture of what information newborns actually process and encode when they discriminate, learn, and recognize faces.
Descriptors: Neonates, Cues, Recognition (Psychology), Human Body, Visual Stimuli, Cognitive Processes, Visual Discrimination, Visual Learning, Cognitive Ability, Cognitive Development, Child Development
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