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Brief daily exposures to Asian females reverses perceptual narrowing for Asian faces in Caucasian infants.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  22625845     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
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.
Gizelle Anzures; Andrea Wheeler; Paul C Quinn; Olivier Pascalis; Alan M Slater; Michelle Heron-Delaney; James W Tanaka; Kang Lee
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2012-05-22
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of experimental child psychology     Volume:  112     ISSN:  1096-0457     ISO Abbreviation:  J Exp Child Psychol     Publication Date:  2012 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-06-12     Completed Date:  2012-10-26     Revised Date:  2013-08-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  2985128R     Medline TA:  J Exp Child Psychol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  484-95     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development, Birkbeck, University of London, London WC1E 7HX, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Asian Continental Ancestry Group*
European Continental Ancestry Group / psychology*
Habituation, Psychophysiologic
Recognition (Psychology)
Sex Factors
Visual Perception*
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