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The development of spatial frequency biases in face recognition

Leonard, Hayley C. and Karmiloff-Smith, Annette and Johnson, Mark H. (2010) The development of spatial frequency biases in face recognition. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology 106 (4), pp. 193-207. ISSN 0022-0965.

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Previous research has suggested that a mid-band of spatial frequencies is critical to face recognition in adults, but few studies have explored the development of this bias in children. We present a paradigm adapted from the adult literature to test spatial frequency biases throughout development. Faces were presented on a screen with particular spatial frequencies blocked out by noise masks. A mid-band bias was found in adults and 9- and 10-year-olds for upright faces but not for inverted faces, suggesting a face-sensitive effect. However, 7- and 8-year-olds did not demonstrate the mid-band bias for upright faces but rather processed upright and inverted faces similarly. This suggests that specialization toward the mid-band for upright face recognition develops gradually during childhood and may relate to an advanced level of face expertise.

Item Type: Article
Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Face recognition, spatial frequency, development, featural, configural, expertise
School: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Science > Psychological Sciences
Research Centre: Brain and Cognitive Development, Centre for (CBCD)
Depositing User: Administrator
Date Deposited: 25 Jul 2011 11:22
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2016 11:45

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