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Infants' Perception of Natural and Distorted Arrangements of a Schematic Face

Daphne Maurer and Maria Barrera
Child Development
Vol. 52, No. 1 (Mar., 1981), pp. 196-202
Published by: Wiley on behalf of the Society for Research in Child Development
DOI: 10.2307/1129230
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1129230
Page Count: 7
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Abstract

The techniques of visual preference and of habituation were used to test the ability of 1- and 2-month-olds to discriminate various arrangements of the features of the human face. We showed infants schematic drawings of a human face with the features (1) arranged naturally, (2) arranged symmetrically but scrambled, and (3) arranged asymmetrically and scrambled. 2-month-olds discriminated among all 3 arrangements; 1-month-olds appeared not to discriminate between any of them. 2-month-olds also showed a preference for a natural arrangement of the features, but 1-month-olds did not. Thus, by 2 months infants may recognize how the features of a natural human face are arranged and generalize that knowledge to schematic faces.

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