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Minimizing Skin Color Differences Does Not Eliminate the Own-Race Recognition Advantage in Infants.
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PMID:  22039335     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
An abundance of experience with own-race faces and limited to no experience with other-race faces has been associated with better recognition memory for own-race faces in infants, children, and adults. This study investigated the developmental origins of this other-race effect (ORE) by examining the role of a salient perceptual property of faces-that of skin color. Six- and 9-month-olds' recognition memory for own- and other-race faces was examined using infant-controlled habituation and visual-paired comparison at test. Infants were shown own- or other-race faces in color or with skin color cues minimized in grayscale images. Results for the color stimuli replicated previous findings that infants show an ORE in face recognition memory. Results for the grayscale stimuli showed that even when a salient perceptual cue to race, such as skin color information, is minimized, 6- to 9-month-olds, nonetheless, show an ORE in their face recognition memory. Infants' use of shape-based and configural cues for face recognition is discussed.
Gizelle Anzures; Olivier Pascalis; Paul C Quinn; Alan M Slater; Kang Lee
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Journal Detail:
Title:  Infancy : the official journal of the International Society on Infant Studies     Volume:  16     ISSN:  1532-7078     ISO Abbreviation:  Infancy     Publication Date:  2011  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-10-31     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100890607     Medline TA:  Infancy     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  640-654     Citation Subset:  -    
Department of Human Development and Applied Psychology, University of Toronto.
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R01 HD046526-07//NICHD NIH HHS

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