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This is a revision of "Development of Face-Processing Ability in Childhood" by Kang Lee, Paul C. Quinn, Olivier Pascalis, and Alan Slater.

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date: 27 May 2020

Abstract and Keywords

Faces are arguably the most significant visual stimuli in children’s social environment. Much of children’s adaptive social functioning relies on their success in extracting crucial information from the faces of their social partners. In this chapter, we provide an exhaustive review of both classic and current research on the development of face processing from infancy to adolescence. The topics covered range from the processing of facial attractiveness to face categorization and recognition. In addition to behavioral studies, we also review the most recent developmental neuroscience findings regarding the neural mechanisms underlying the development of face-processing ability. Major theoretical issues and future directions of research are discussed.

Keywords: face processing, face categorization, face recognition, face featural information, face configural information, perceptual narrowing, N170, fusiform face area

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