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The development of spatial frequency biases in face recognition

Leonard, H, Karmiloff-Smith, A and Johnson, MN (2010) The development of spatial frequency biases in face recognition Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 106 (4). pp. 193-207.

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Abstract

Previous research has suggested that a mid-band of spatial frequencies is critical to face recognition in adults, but few studies have explored the development of this bias in children. We present a paradigm adapted from the adult literature to test spatial frequency biases throughout development. Faces were presented on a screen with particular spatial frequencies blocked out by noise masks. A mid-band bias was found in adults and 9- and 10-yearolds for upright faces but not for inverted faces, suggesting a face-sensitive effect. However, 7- and 8-year-olds did not demonstrate the mid-band bias for upright faces but rather processed upright and inverted faces similarly. This suggests that specialization toward the mid-band for upright face recognition develops gradually during childhood and may relate to an advanced level of face expertise.

Item Type: Article
Subjects : Psychology
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Psychology
Authors :
AuthorsEmailORCID
Leonard, HUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Karmiloff-Smith, AUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Johnson, MNUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 6 May 2010
Identification Number : 10.1016/j.jecp.2010.03.005
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2010. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 30 Aug 2016 13:26
Last Modified : 30 Aug 2016 13:26
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/811902

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