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Journal Article

Recognition of Mother's Photographed Face by the Three-Month-Old Infant

Maria E. Barrera and Daphne Maurer
Child Development
Vol. 52, No. 2 (Jun., 1981), pp. 714-716
Published by: Wiley on behalf of the Society for Research in Child Development
DOI: 10.2307/1129196
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1129196
Page Count: 3
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Abstract

We used the visual preference and habituation paradigms to investigate the ability of 3-month-olds to recognize the photographed face of the mother and to discriminate it from another face. Infants discriminated between the pictures of the mother and a stranger, both in the preference test and in the recognition test after habituation. These findings suggest that, at least by 3 months of age, infants can recognize something about the mother's face in a picture. Initially, infants preferred the mother's face, but modified their preference after repeated exposure to her photograph. Thus, an infant's preference for an object may depend on the amount of exposure he has had to it, and may reflect different stages of recognition.

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