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Children view own-age faces qualitatively differently to other-age faces.

Hills, P.J. and Willis, S.F.L., 2016. Children view own-age faces qualitatively differently to other-age faces. Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 28 (5), 601-610.

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DOI: 10.1080/20445911.2016.1164710


ike most own-group biases in face recognition, the own-age bias (OAB) is thought to be based either on perceptual expertise or socio-cognitive motivational mechanisms [Wolff, N., Kemter, K., Schweinberger, S. R., & Wiese, H. (2013). What drives social in-group biases in face recognition memory? ERP evidence from the own-gender bias. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience. doi:10.1093/scan/nst024]. The present study employed a recognition paradigm with eye-tracking in order to assess whether participants actively viewed faces of their own-age differently to that of other-age faces. The results indicated a significant OAB (superior recognition for own-age relative to other-age faces), provided that they were upright, indicative of expertise being employed for the recognition of own-age faces. However, the eye-tracking results indicate that viewing other-age faces was qualitatively different to the viewing of own-age faces, with more nose fixations for other-age faces. These results are interpreted as supporting the socio-cognitive model of the OAB.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Eye-tracking; perceptual expertise; own-age bias; face recognition; pupillometry
Group:Faculty of Science & Technology
ID Code:23400
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:02 Aug 2016 08:11
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 13:55


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