Perceptual training prevents the emergency of the other race effect during infancy

Heron-Delaney, Michelle, Anzures, Gizelle, Herbert, Jane S., Quinn, Paul C., Slater, Alan M., Tanaka, James W., Lee, Kang and Pascalis, Olivier (2011) Perceptual training prevents the emergency of the other race effect during infancy. PLoS One, 6 5: e19858-1-e19858-5. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0019858

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Author Heron-Delaney, Michelle
Anzures, Gizelle
Herbert, Jane S.
Quinn, Paul C.
Slater, Alan M.
Tanaka, James W.
Lee, Kang
Pascalis, Olivier
Title Perceptual training prevents the emergency of the other race effect during infancy
Journal name PLoS One   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1932-6203
Publication date 2011-05-18
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0019858
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 6
Issue 5
Start page e19858-1
End page e19858-5
Total pages 5
Place of publication San Francisco, CA, United States
Publisher Public Library of Science
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Abstract Experience plays a crucial role in the development of the face processing system. At 6 months of age infants can discriminate individual faces from their own and other races. By 9 months of age this ability to process other-race faces is typically lost, due to minimal experience with other-race faces, and vast exposure to own-race faces, for which infants come to manifest expertise [1]. This is known as the Other Race Effect. In the current study, we demonstrate that exposing Caucasian infants to Chinese faces through perceptual training via picture books for a total of one hour between 6 and 9 months allows Caucasian infants to maintain the ability to discriminate Chinese faces at 9 months of age. The development of the processing of face race can be modified by training, highlighting the importance of early experience in shaping the face representation.
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Additional Notes This is a Centre of National Research on Disability and Rehabilitation Medicine (CONROD) publication.

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