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Newborn Infants' Preference for Attractive Faces: The Role of Internal and External Facial Features

Slater, Alan M and Bremner, J. Gavin and Johnson, Scott P and Sherwood, P. and Hayes, Rachel A. and Brown, E. (2000) Newborn Infants' Preference for Attractive Faces: The Role of Internal and External Facial Features. Infancy, 1 (2). pp. 265-274. ISSN 1525-0008

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Several previous experiments have found that newborn and young infants will spend more time looking at attractive faces when these are shown paired with faces judged by adults to be unattractive. Two experimental conditions are described with the aim of finding whether the “attractiveness effect” results from attention to internal or external facial features, or both. Pairs of attractive and less attractive faces (as judged by adults) were shown to newborn infants (mean age 2 days, 9 hours), where each pair had either identical internal features (and different external features) or identical external features (and different internal features). In the latter, but not the former, condition the infants looked longer at the attractive faces. These findings are clear evidence that newborn infants use information about internal facial features in making preferences based on attractiveness. It is suggested that when newborn (and older) infants are presented with facial stimuli, whether dynamic or static, they are able to attend both to internal and external facial features.

Item Type: Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title: Infancy
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Psychology
ID Code: 54079
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 10 May 2012 11:35
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 09 Feb 2018 04:17
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