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  • Previous research has shown that 3-month-olds prefer own- over other-race faces. The current study used eye-tracking methodology to examine how this visual preference develops with age beyond 3 months and how infants differentially scan between own- and other-race faces when presented simultaneously. We showed own- versus other-race face pairs to 3-, 6-, and 9-month-old Chinese infants. In contrast with 3-month-olds' visual preference for own-race faces, 9-month-olds preferentially looked more at other-race faces. Analyses of eye-tracking data revealed that Chinese infants processed own- and other-race faces differentially. These findings shed important light on the role of visual experience in the development of visual preference and its relation to perceptual narrowing.


  • Liu, Shaoying
  • Xiao, Wen Sara
  • Xiao, Naiqi
  • Quinn, Paul C
  • Zhang, Yueyan
  • Chen, Hui
  • Ge, Liezhong
  • Pascalis, Olivier
  • Lee, Kang

publication date

  • April 2015