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›› 2006, Vol. 14 ›› Issue (4): 625-630.

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Review on the Theories of Infant Face Preference

Chen Guang;Zhu Bi   

  1. Institute of Development Psychology, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875, China
  • Received:2005-06-28 Revised:1900-01-01 Online:2006-07-15 Published:2006-07-15
  • Contact: Chen Guang

Abstract: Face is the most special stimuli in infants’ early visual experience. Young infants preferentially attend to face-like stimuli at birth. This is so-called face preference. It seems likely that the development of face preference reflects the development of infants’ perceptional process and has important social meanings. The article introduces five main infant face preference theories, including: Linear system model, Right Hemisphere Advantage Model, CONPEC Theory, Vision Module Theory and Nonspecific Bias Theory. Not only the relationship but also the argument of these theories is discussed. Finally, some commentaries on new research orientation are provided

Key words: face preference, face recognition, infant, perception

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