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Shape, color and the other-race effect in the infant brain.
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PMID:  21676108     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
The 'other-race' effect describes the phenomenon in which faces are difficult to distinguish from one another if they belong to an ethnic or racial group to which the observer has had little exposure. Adult observers typically display multiple forms of recognition error for other-race faces, and infants exhibit behavioral evidence of a developing other-race effect at about 9 months of age. The neural correlates of the adult other-race effect have been identified using ERPs and fMRI, but the effects of racial category on infants' neural response to face stimuli have to date not been described. We examine two distinct components of the infant ERP response to human faces and demonstrate through the use of computer-generated 'hybrid' faces that the observed other-race effect is not the result of low-level sensitivity to 3D shape and color differences between the stimuli. Rather, differential processing depends critically on the joint encoding of race-specific features.
Benjamin Balas; Alissa Westerlund; Katherine Hung; Charles A Nelson Iii
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2011-04-04
Journal Detail:
Title:  Developmental science     Volume:  14     ISSN:  1467-7687     ISO Abbreviation:  Dev Sci     Publication Date:  2011 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-06-16     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9814574     Medline TA:  Dev Sci     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  892-900     Citation Subset:  IM    
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© 2011 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA  Developmental Medicine Center, Children's Hospital Boston, USA.
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