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Advances in Psychological Science    2019, Vol. 27 Issue (5) : 761-772     DOI: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2019.00761
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Moderating effects of facial expression on the babyface schema and its neural mechanism
CHENG Gang1(),JIA Yuncheng2(),DING Fangyuan2,ZHANG Dajun2,CHEN Jia1,LONG Nü1
1 School of Educational Science, Guizhou Normal University, Guiyang, 550001, China
2 School of Psychology, Southwest University, Chongqing 400715, China
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The effect of the babyface schema is an innate instinct that promotes the formation of early parent-child relationships; this has been thought to be primarily influenced by the baby's face structure. However, in recent years, the influence of facial expression on this effect has begun to attract attention. With the adult face as the baseline, the size of the babyface schema’s effect will change with different facial expressions, and the effect of a neutral babyface schema becomes the strongest. Because the cause of this phenomenon and its neurological mechanism are still unclear, this project first plans to establish a set of standardized facial pictures of an infant and adult displaying various affective faces. Then, based on this, the researchers will investigate whether facial expression uncertainty can moderate adults’ preferences and attention biases for infants with different facial expressions, and they will furthermore explore the corresponding neurological mechanism to promote research on the parental brain in China.

Keywords babyface schema      facial expression      facial expression uncertainty      parent-child relationship      parental brain     
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Issue Date: 20 March 2019
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