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Poster ID #282
It is well known from birth that faces are salient, preferred over other stimuli, and are readily discriminated. It has also been shown that over the course of development infants’ proclivity for face discrimination is influenced by their social environment. Pascalis, deHann, andNelson (2002), for example, demonstrate that 6-month-olds are able to discriminate various monkey faces as well as human faces whereas 9-month-olds can only discriminate different human faces. Importantly, however, if 6-month-olds receive 1-2 minutes per day of familiarization with photographs of monkey faces three months later the now 9-month-olds can still discriminate unfamiliar and familiar monkey faces. Like face perception, infants’ discrimination of speech also varies as a function of experience and exposure. Four-to 6-month-olds discriminate speech sounds in their native and non-native languages; however, by10-to12-months of age infants can only discriminate speech sounds common to their native language.
The Annual Mary Lou Fulton Mentored Research Conference showcases some of the best student research from the College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences. The mentored learning program encourages undergraduate students to participate in hands-on and practical research under the direction of a faculty member. Students create these posters as an aide in presenting the results of their research to the public, faculty, and their peers.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Jones, Jacob C.; Stevens, Scott; Wright, Melissa; and Phillippi, Amanda, "12-Month-olds’ Discrimination of Monkey Faces: Evidence for Perceptual Narrowing?" (2010). FHSS Mentored Research Conference. 1.
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