Nicki’s latest paper

Nicki’s paper titled “Perceptual Specialization and Configural Face Processing in Infancy” has been accepted into the Journal of Experimental Child Psychology (Zieber, Kangas, Hock, Hayden, Collins, Bada, Joseph, & Bhatt, in press). This research explored face processing infancy by examining whether 5- and 9-month old infants could discriminate spacing changes between features in human male and monkey faces, as well as in houses made to resemble faces. Adults rely upon this type of spacing information when viewing faces, and utilization of this type of information has been linked to face expertise. The current study found that infants more readily process configural information (e. g., the distance between features such as eyes) in faces than in non-face stimuli, suggesting even early in life, faces are processed differently than other objects.