Nature and nurture in own-race face processing

Yair Bar-Haim*, Talee Ziv, Dominique Lamy, Richard M. Hodes

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A standard visual preference task was used to examine 3-month-olds' looking times at own-race versus other-race faces as a function of environmental exposure to faces from the two categories. Participants were Caucasian infants living in a Caucasian environment, African infants living in an African environment, and African infants living in a predominantly Caucasian environment. The results indicate that preference for own-race faces is present as early as 3 months of age, but that this preference results from exposure to the prototypical facial environment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)159-163
Number of pages5
JournalPsychological Science
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2006


FundersFunder number
Israel Science Foundation989/03


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