Face detection and the development of own-species bias in infant macaques

Simpson, E.A., Jakobsen, K.V., Damon, F., Suomi, S.J., Ferrari, P.F. and Paukner, A. ORCID: 0000-0002-3421-1864, 2017. Face detection and the development of own-species bias in infant macaques. Child Development, 88 (1), pp. 103-113. ISSN 0009-3920

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Abstract

In visually complex environments, numerous items compete for attention. Infants may exhibit attentional efficiency—privileged detection, attention capture and holding—for face-like stimuli. However, it remains unknown when these biases develop and what role, if any, experience plays in this emerging skill. Here, nursery-reared infant macaques’ (Macaca mulatta; n = 10) attention to faces in 10-item arrays of non-faces was measured using eye tracking. With limited face experience, 3-week-old monkeys were more likely to detect faces and looked longer at faces compared to non-faces, suggesting a robust face detection system. By 3 months, after peer exposure, infants looked faster to conspecific faces, but not heterospecific faces, suggesting an own-species bias in face attention capture, consistent with perceptual attunement.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Child Development
Creators: Simpson, E.A., Jakobsen, K.V., Damon, F., Suomi, S.J., Ferrari, P.F. and Paukner, A.
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Date: 2 January 2017
Volume: 88
Number: 1
ISSN: 0009-3920
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1111/cdev.12565DOI
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 24 Jan 2019 16:36
Last Modified: 25 Sep 2019 13:46
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/35680

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