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Olivier Pascalis (Laboratoire de Psychologie et NeuroCognition, Grenoble)

The role of experience on the development of face processing during the first year of life

Faces are perhaps the most predominant visual stimulus in children’s environment. From birth onwards, children encounter thousands of faces. These faces vary in terms of not only identity, but also gender, age, attractiveness, species, and race. Given the adaptive significance of the face processing ability, the hypothesis about an innate disposition to such ability is appealing. Exactly which components of the face processing system are present at birth, which develop first, and at what stage the system becomes adult-like are still hotly debated topics. I will review evidence accumulated in the last several decades that suggests the prominent role of experience in shaping children’s face processing expertise, which in turn forms a foundation for later face expertise in adulthood.