Speaker: MARGARET MOULSON, Ryerson University
Title: Exploring how face exposure shapes the development of face perception in infancy
Ebbinghaus Empire Series 2018-2019
Abstract: Faces are arguably the most important visual stimulus used in human social communication. Exposure to faces is ubiquitous during development and it is well documented that this exposure is critical for learning. For example, infants develop expertise only for those face categories with which they have significant experience and infants deprived of face experience show disruptions in face processing. Despite the extensive literature linking early experiences to the development of face perception, it is unclear what aspects of experience are crucial for face learning or how individual differences in experience might lead to individual differences in ability. In this talk, I will present recent findings from two lines of research in my lab. In the first line of research we use head-mounted cameras todocument infants' natural, daily exposure to faces from their own perspective. In the second line of research, we use eye-tracking to examine how infants form stable representations of novel faces. Our research has important implications for understanding the development of face expertise and speaks more broadly to theoretical perspectives on how experience shapes learning in infancy.
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