The own-age face recognition bias in children and adults

Hills, Peter J. and Lewis, Michael B. (2011) The own-age face recognition bias in children and adults. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 64 (1). pp. 17-23. ISSN 1747-0226

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Children recognize children's faces more accurately than adult faces, and adults recognize adult faces more accurately than children's faces (e.g., Anastasi & Rhodes, 2005). This is the own-age bias. Research has shown that this bias is at least partially based on experience since trainee teachers show less of an own-age bias than do other adults (Harrison & Hole, 2009). The present research tested the own-age bias in three groups of children (age 4-6, 7-9, 10-12 years) and a group of adults in the recognition of three age groups of faces (age 7-9, 20-22, and 65-90 years). Results showed an own-age bias for 7- to 9-year-old children and adults. Specifically, children could recognize faces more accurately if they were less than two years different from their own age than if they were more than two years older or younger. These results are discussed in terms of short-term experience with faces creating biases, and this rapidly changes with age.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Own-age bias, Face recognition, Perceptual development, Own-race bias, Face perception in children
Faculty: ARCHIVED Faculty of Science & Technology (until September 2018)
Depositing User: Repository Admin
Date Deposited: 08 Jan 2015 15:04
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2021 16:17

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