The development of face and object processing in childhood

Bennetts, Rachel, Murray, Ebony ORCID: 0000-0003-4928-5871, Boyce, Tian and Bate, Sarah (2015) The development of face and object processing in childhood. In: European Conference on Visual Perception 2015, 23 - 27 August 2015, University of Liverpool.. (Unpublished)

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There has been much debate over whether face and object recognition develop at a different rates during childhood. Some researchers suggest that face processing is not mature until the early teenage years, far later than object recognition; others suggest that face recognition is mature relatively early (by 5 yrs), and subsequent improvements reflect more general cognitive development. Recently, it has been suggested that both ideas are correct, but that face memory and face matching develop at different rates. This study addressed this hypothesis by examining face and object (bicycle) matching and memory in primary school children (5-11 yrs). In the memory test, children were asked to learn 4 or 6 faces and bikes; in the matching test, children completed a 3AFC simultaneous matching task. Both memory (N = 134) and matching (N = 432) showed significant improvements with age, but neither task showed an interaction between age and object – that is, memory and perception of faces showed a similar developmental trajectory to general object memory and perception. This suggests that both face memory and face matching are mature early in childhood (< 5yrs), and subsequent increases in performance are related to general cognitive development rather than face-specific processes.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Uncontrolled Keywords: face recognition; cognitive development; face perception
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Education and Science
Research Priority Areas: Health, Life Sciences, Sport and Wellbeing
Depositing User: Anne Pengelly
Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2019 12:54
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2023 09:05

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