Brief daily exposures to Asian females reverses perceptual narrowing for Asian faces in Caucasian infants

Anzures, Gizelle, Wheeler, Andrea, Quinn, Paul C., Pascalis, Olivier, Slater, Alan M., Heron-Delaney, Michelle, Tanaka, James W. and Lee, Kang (2012) Brief daily exposures to Asian females reverses perceptual narrowing for Asian faces in Caucasian infants. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 112 4: 484-495.


Author Anzures, Gizelle
Wheeler, Andrea
Quinn, Paul C.
Pascalis, Olivier
Slater, Alan M.
Heron-Delaney, Michelle
Tanaka, James W.
Lee, Kang
Title Brief daily exposures to Asian females reverses perceptual narrowing for Asian faces in Caucasian infants
Journal name Journal of Experimental Child Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0022-0965
1096-0457
Publication date 2012-08
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.jecp.2012.04.005
Volume 112
Issue 4
Start page 484
End page 495
Total pages 12
Place of publication Maryland Heights, MO, United States
Publisher Academic Press
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract Perceptual narrowing in the visual, auditory, and multisensory domains has its developmental origins during infancy. The current study shows that experimentally induced experience can reverse the effects of perceptual narrowing on infants’ visual recognition memory of other-race faces. Caucasian 8- to 10-month-olds who could not discriminate between novel and familiarized Asian faces at the beginning of testing were given brief daily experience with Asian female faces in the experimental condition and Caucasian female faces in the control condition. At the end of 3 weeks, only infants who received daily experience with Asian females showed above-chance recognition of novel Asian female and male faces. Furthermore, infants in the experimental condition showed greater efficiency in learning novel Asian females compared with infants in the control condition. Thus, visual experience with a novel stimulus category can reverse the effects of perceptual narrowing during infancy via improved stimulus recognition and encoding.
Keyword Perceptual narrowing
Face recognition
Face expertise
Other-race faces
Visual experience
Infancy
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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