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What are the typical facial experiences most infants have?
 
Research Questions
What are the typical facial experiences most infants have?
Do females and males scan faces differently? 
How does caregiving influence infant face processing?
How does infants' limited experience with males affect their processing of male faces? 
Studies in Progress
Infant Recognition of Male Faces
Infant Categorization of Female and Male Faces
Infant Representation of Faces
Infant Knowledge of Females and Males
Relationship Between Infant Scanning Patterns and Face Processing
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Survey data that we collected from parents regarding their 2-, 5-, 8-, and 11-month-olds' interactions during the course of a week showed that:

  1. Infants interact much more with females (71% of their interactions) than with males (29% of their interactions).

  2. Infants interact much more with individuals who are the same race as their primary caregiver (92% of their interactions) than with other-race individuals (8% of their interactions).

  3. Infants interact much more with individuals who are within the same age range as their primary caregiver, which is generally individuals aged 21-39 (77% of their interactions) than with individuals of other ages (23% of their interactions).

These discrepancies are important because infants may become most expert at processing faces that are most commonly experienced (e.g., 21- to 39-year-old female faces that are similar to their primary caregiver's race), which can affect face processing abilities such as preferences for and better recognition and categorization of commonly experienced faces.

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