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Infants' responses to strangers: midget, adult, and child.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  1269305     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Infants respond differentially, and at times with fearlike behavior, to unfamiliar persons. This study was designed to see how infants discriminate among strangers. Since it has been shown that infants respond differently to children and adults, the physical characteristics of persons used to make such differentiations were of interest. Facial configuration and height were systematically varied as 4 different strangers--a male and female child, a female adults, and a small female adult the same height as the children (midget)--each approached 40 different infants. The infants responded as if there were 3 classes of persons--adult, child, and small adult, suggesting that both size and facial configuration cues were used. Infants as young as 7 months of age reacted to the size-facial configuration discrepancy of the small-adult condition.
J Brooks; M Lewis
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Child development     Volume:  47     ISSN:  0009-3920     ISO Abbreviation:  Child Dev     Publication Date:  1976 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1976-08-02     Completed Date:  1976-08-02     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0372725     Medline TA:  Child Dev     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  323-32     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Body Height*
Child Development*
Child, Preschool
Facial Expression
Sex Factors
Size Perception
Social Perception*
Visual Perception*

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