what's in a face?

March 2005
Mothering;Mar/Apr2005, Issue 129, p25
The article focuses on the importance of facial expressions in child growth. A mother's smile, a father's eyes, infants drink a parent's visage. A new study indicates that, from birth, infants are highly sensitive to the shape and structure of the human face, while bodies aren't recognized until sometime in the second year after birth. The researchers found that infants younger than 18 months did not display a preference for either body image but clearly preferred the typical face. By 18 months the infants looked longer at the scrambled body images, presumably because they found those images novel or surprising.


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