Development of the other-race effect in Malaysian-Chinese infants

Tham, Diana Su Yun and Woo, Pei Jun and Bremner, James Gavin (2019) Development of the other-race effect in Malaysian-Chinese infants. Developmental Psychobiology, 61 (1). pp. 107-115. ISSN 0012-1630

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Little is known about how infants born and raised in a multiracial environment process own‐ and other‐race faces. We investigated face recognition of 3‐ to 4‐month‐old (N = 36) and 8‐ to 9‐month‐old (N = 38) Chinese infants from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, a population that is considered multiracial, using female and male faces that are of infants’ own‐race (Chinese), experienced other‐race (Malay) and less experi‐enced other‐race (Caucasian‐White). Three‐ to 4‐month‐olds recognized own‐race female faces, whereas 8‐ to 9‐month‐olds also recognized experienced other‐race female faces (Malay) in addition to own‐race female faces (Chinese). Furthermore, infants from this population did not show recognition for male faces at any age. This contrasts with 8‐ to 9‐month‐old British‐White infants (Tham, Bremner, & Hay, 2015), a group that is considered single‐race, who recognized female and male own‐race faces. It appears that for infants born and raised in a multiracial environment, there is a developmental shift from a female‐based own‐race recognition advantage to a female‐based own‐ and experienced other‐race advantage that may relate to infants’ social and caregiving experiences.

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Developmental Psychobiology
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This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Tham DSY, Woo PJ, Bremner JG. Development of the other‐race effect in Malaysian‐Chinese infants. Developmental Psychobiology. 2018;00:1–9. which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance With Wiley Terms and Conditions for self-archiving.
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?? face perceptioninfants multiracial population the other‐race effectdevelopmental biologybehavioral neurosciencedevelopmental neurosciencedevelopmental and educational psychology ??
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