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Facial diversity and infant preferences for attractive faces

Author(s): Langlois JH, Ritter JM, Roggman LA, Vaughn LS

Abstract

Three studies examined infant preferences for attractive faces in 4 types of faces: White adult male and female faces, Black adult female faces, and infant faces. Infants viewed pairs of faces, previously rated for attractiveness by adults, in a visual preference paradigm. Significant preferences were found for attractive faces across all facial types. The results confirm earlier reports of this phenomenon and extend those results by showing that infant preferences for attractive faces generalize across faces differing in race, gender, and age. Two potential explanations for these observed infant preferences are discussed.

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