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Recognition of Moving and Static Faces by Young Infants Yumiko Otsuka and Yukuo Konishi

Summary: Recognition of Moving and Static Faces by Young Infants
Yumiko Otsuka and Yukuo Konishi
Tokyo Women's Medical University
So Kanazawa
Japan Women's University
Masami K. Yamaguchi
Chuo University, PRESTO JST
Herve´ Abdi and Alice J. O'Toole
The University of Texas at Dallas
This study compared 3- to 4-month-olds' recognition of previously unfamiliar faces learned in a mov-
ing or a static condition. Infants in the moving condition showed successful recognition with only 30 s
familiarization, even when different images of a face were used in the familiarization and test phase
(Experiment 1). In contrast, infants in the static condition showed successful recognition only when the
familiarization duration was lengthened to 90 s and when the same image was used between the famil-
iarization and test phase (Experiments 2 and 3). Furthermore, presentation of multiple static images of a
face did not yield the same level of performance as the moving condition (Experiment 4). These results
suggest that facial motion promotes young infants' recognition of unfamiliar faces.
Previous developmental studies show consistently
that motion information plays an important role
in infant visual perception (e.g., Kellman, 1984;


Source: Abdi, Hervé - School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences, University of Texas at Dallas


Collections: Biology and Medicine; Computer Technologies and Information Sciences