Early experience predicts later plasticity for face processing: evidence for the reactivation of dormant effects.

@article{Cassia2009EarlyEP,
  title={Early experience predicts later plasticity for face processing: evidence for the reactivation of dormant effects.},
  author={Viola Macchi Cassia and Dana Kuefner and Marta Picozzi and Elena Vescovo},
  journal={Psychological science},
  year={2009},
  volume={20 7},
  pages={853-9}
}
Research has shown that experience acquired in infancy dramatically affects face-discrimination abilities. Yet much less is known about whether face processing retains any flexibility after the 1st year of life. Here, we show that early experience with an individual infant face can modulate the recognition performance of 3-year-old children and the perceptual processes they use to recognize infant faces (Experiment 1). Similar experience acquired in adulthood does not produce measurable effects… CONTINUE READING

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