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    Development of recognition of face parts from unfamiliar faces

    Liu, S. and Anzures, Gizelle and Ge, L. and Quinn, P.C. and Pascalis, O. and Slater, A.M. and Tanaka, J.W. and Lee, K. (2012) Development of recognition of face parts from unfamiliar faces. Infant and Child Development 22 (2), pp. 165-179. ISSN 1522-7227.

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    The present study examined developmental changes in the ability to recognize face parts. In Experiment 1, participants were familiarized with whole faces and given a recognition test with old and new eyes, noses, mouths, inner faces, outer faces, or whole faces. Adults were above chance in their recognition of the eye and mouth regions. However, children did not naturally encode and recognize face parts independently of the entire face. In addition, all age groups showed comparable inner and outer face recognition, except for 8- to 9-year-olds who showed a recognition advantage for outer faces. In Experiment 2, when participants were familiarized with eyes, noses, or mouths and tested with eyes, noses, or mouths, respectively, all ages showed above-chance recognition of eyes and mouths. Thirteen- to 14-year-olds were adult-like in their recognition of the eye region, but mouth recognition continued to develop beyond 14 years of age. Nose recognition was above chance among 13- to 14-year-olds, but recognition scores remained low even in adulthood. The present findings reveal unique developmental trajectories in the use of isolated facial regions in face recognition and suggest that featural cues (as a class) have a different ontogenetic course relative to holistic and configural cues.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): featural face processing, face recognition
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Science > School of Natural Sciences
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 06 Jun 2013 14:31
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:05


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