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Newborns' preference for face-relevant stimuli: effects of contrast polarity

Farroni, Teresa and Johnson, Mark H. and Menon, E. and Zulian, L. and Faraguna, D. and Csibra, Gergely (2005) Newborns' preference for face-relevant stimuli: effects of contrast polarity. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 102 (47), pp. 17245-17250. ISSN 0027-8424.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1073/pnas.0502205102

Abstract

There is currently no agreement as to how specific or general are the mechanisms underlying newborns' face preferences. We address this issue by manipulating the contrast polarity of schematic and naturalistic face-related images and assessing the preferences of newborns. We find that for both schematic and naturalistic face images, the contrast polarity is important. Newborns did not show a preference for an upright face-related image unless it was composed of darker areas around the eyes and mouth. This result is consistent with either sensitivity to the shadowed areas of a face with overhead (natural) illumination and/or to the detection of eye contact.

Item Type: Article
Keyword(s) / Subject(s): eye contact, face processing
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Science > Psychological Sciences
Depositing User: Sandra Plummer
Date Deposited: 17 Jan 2006
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2013 09:51
URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/293

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