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Benjamin Balas Bayesian face recognition and perceptual narrowing in face-space Developmental Science 15

Article first published online: 18 JUN 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-7687.2012.01154.x

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During the first year of life, infants’ face recognition abilities are subject to ‘perceptual narrowing’, the end result of which is that observers lose the ability to distinguish previously discriminable faces (e.g. other-race faces) from one another. Perceptual narrowing has been reported for faces of different species and different races, in developing humans and primates. Though the phenomenon is highly robust and replicable, there have been few efforts to model the emergence of perceptual narrowing as a function of the accumulation of experience with faces during infancy.

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