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    Automatic orienting towards face-like stimuli in early childhood

    Shah, Punit and Sowden, S. and Happe, F. and Cook, Richard and Bird, Geoffrey (2015) Automatic orienting towards face-like stimuli in early childhood. Child Development 86 (6), pp. 1693-1700. ISSN 0009-3920.

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    Abstract

    Newborn infants orient preferentially toward face-like or “protoface” stimuli and recent studies suggest similar reflexive orienting responses in adults. Little is known, however, about the operation of this mechanism in childhood. An attentional-cueing procedure was therefore developed to investigate protoface orienting in early childhood. Consistent with the extant literature, 5- to 6-year-old children (n = 25) exhibited orienting toward face-like stimuli; they responded faster when target location was cued by the appearance of a protoface stimulus than when location was cued by matched control patterns. The potential of this procedure to investigate the development of typical and atypical social perception is discussed.

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    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Science > Psychological Sciences
    Depositing User: Dr Richard Cook
    Date Deposited: 22 Feb 2018 14:42
    Last Modified: 22 Feb 2018 14:42
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/21308

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