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Caucasian Infants’ Attentional Orienting to Own- and Other-Race Faces

School of Psychology, Keynes College, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent CT2 7NP, UK
Seattle Children’s Innovative Technologies Lab, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Seattle, WA 98105, USA
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Brain Sci. 2020, 10(1), 53;
Received: 8 November 2019 / Revised: 9 January 2020 / Accepted: 14 January 2020 / Published: 17 January 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue The Study of Eye Movements in Infancy)
Infants show preferential attention toward faces and detect faces embedded within complex naturalistic scenes. Newborn infants are insensitive to race, but rapidly develop differential processing of own- and other-race faces. In the present study, we investigated the development of attentional orienting toward own- and other-race faces embedded within naturalistic scenes. Infants aged six-, nine- and twelve-months did not show differences in the speed of orienting to own- and other race faces, but other-race faces held infants’ visual attention for longer. We also found a clear developmental progression in attentional capture and holding, with older infants orienting to faces faster and fixating them for longer. Results are interpreted within the context of the two-process model of face processing. View Full-Text
Keywords: eye movements; development; vision; face processing; race eye movements; development; vision; face processing; race
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Prunty, J.E.; Jackson, K.C.; Keemink, J.R.; Kelly, D.J. Caucasian Infants’ Attentional Orienting to Own- and Other-Race Faces. Brain Sci. 2020, 10, 53.

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