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Quinn, Paul C.; Kelly, David J.; Lee, Kang; Pascalis, Olivier; Slater, Alan M. – Developmental Science, 2008
Human infants, just a few days of age, are known to prefer attractive human faces. We examined whether this preference is human-specific. Three- to 4-month-olds preferred attractive over unattractive domestic and wild cat (tiger) faces (Experiments 1 and 3). The preference was not observed when the faces were inverted, suggesting that it did not…
Descriptors: Infants, Recognition (Psychology), Visual Perception, Visual Stimuli
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Langlois, Judith H.; And Others – Developmental Psychology, 1991
Three studies examined infant preferences for attractive faces of White males, White females, Black females, and infants. Infants viewed pairs of faces rated for attractiveness by adults. Preferences for attractive faces were found for all facial types. (BC)
Descriptors: Age, Cognitive Processes, Evolution, Eye Fixations
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Langlois, Judith H.; And Others – Developmental Psychology, 1987
Two studies, one with two- to three-month-olds and one with six- to eight-month-olds, examined infant preferences for attractive faces. A visual preference technique was used. Infants were shown slides of faces of adult women previously rated for attractiveness. When shown pairs of attractive and unattractive faces, older and younger infants…
Descriptors: Infants, Interpersonal Attraction, Nature Nurture Controversy, Parent Influence
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Rubenstein, Adam J.; Kalakanis, Lisa; Langlois, Judith H. – Developmental Psychology, 1999
Four studies assessed a cognitive explanation for development of infants' preference for attractive faces: cognitive averaging and preferences for mathematically averaged faces, or prototypes. Findings indicated that adults and 6-month olds prefer prototypical, mathematically averaged faces and that 6-month olds can abstract the central tendency…
Descriptors: Cognitive Development, Cognitive Processes, Facial Expressions, Infant Behavior
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Paukner, Annika; Bower, Seth; Simpson, Elizabeth A.; Suomi, Stephen J. – Infant and Child Development, 2013
Faces are visually attractive to both human and nonhuman primates. Human neonates are thought to have a broad template for faces at birth and prefer face-like to non-face-like stimuli. To better compare developmental trajectories of face processing phylogenetically, here, we investigated preferences for face-like stimuli in infant rhesus macaques…
Descriptors: Neonates, Infants, Animals, Visual Stimuli
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Langlois, Judith H.; And Others – Developmental Psychology, 1990
Two studies examined social responses to attractive and unattractive faces on the part of 123 infants of 12 months. Results suggest that visual and behavioral preferences for attractiveness are exhibited much earlier in life than was previously thought. (RH)
Descriptors: Infants, Interpersonal Attraction, Social Behavior, Stranger Reactions
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Ramsey, Jennifer L.; Langlois, Judith H.; Hoss, Rebecca A.; Rubenstein, Adam J.; Griffin, Angela M. – Developmental Science, 2004
Like adults, young infants prefer attractive to unattractive faces (e.g. Langlois, Roggman, Casey, Ritter, Rieser-Danner & Jenkins, 1987; Slater, von der Schulenburg, Brown, Badenoch, Butterworth, Parsons & Samuels, 1998). Older children and adults stereotype based on facial attractiveness (Eagly, Ashmore, Makhijani & Longo, 1991; Langlois,…
Descriptors: Stereotypes, Infants, Interpersonal Relationship, Classification