Newborns’ visual preference for faces might be regarded as a proof of the existence of a specific innate bias toward this class of stimuli. However, recent research has shown that this putatively face-specific phenomenon might be explained as the result of the combined effect of nonspecific perceptual constraints that stem from the general properties of visual processing shortly after birth. General, nonspecific biases may tune the system toward certain aspects of the external environment, allowing, through experience, the emergence of increasingly specialized processes devoted to faces.

Turati, C. (2004). Why faces are not special at birth: An alternative account for newborns' face preference. CURRENT DIRECTIONS IN PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCE, 13(1), 5-8 [10.1111/j.0963-7214.2004.01301002.x].

Why faces are not special at birth: An alternative account for newborns' face preference

TURATI, CHIARA
2004

Abstract

Newborns’ visual preference for faces might be regarded as a proof of the existence of a specific innate bias toward this class of stimuli. However, recent research has shown that this putatively face-specific phenomenon might be explained as the result of the combined effect of nonspecific perceptual constraints that stem from the general properties of visual processing shortly after birth. General, nonspecific biases may tune the system toward certain aspects of the external environment, allowing, through experience, the emergence of increasingly specialized processes devoted to faces.
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face preference; newborns; cognitive specialization; perceptual constraints
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L'articolo è stato prescelto per la pubblicazione nel volume Current directions in developmental psychology ed e' catalogato al seguente indirizzo: http://hdl.handle.net/10281/5495.
Turati, C. (2004). Why faces are not special at birth: An alternative account for newborns' face preference. CURRENT DIRECTIONS IN PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCE, 13(1), 5-8 [10.1111/j.0963-7214.2004.01301002.x].
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