Can voice cues facilitate newborns' recognition of faces shown in different poses?

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    The question whether the mother's voice would facilitate recognition of her face presented in different orientations was investigated using a spontaneous visual procedure. Each infant was presented with two alternating voices. These were the recorded voices of the mother and that of a female stranger. The faces were silent, and each was accompanied by mouth movements. The pairings of the mother's voice with the 22° pose of her face and the voice with the full face pose resulted in significant preferences while the combination of the voice-3/4 profile pose did not. However, the mother's voice alone elicited more head turns. Not only did the newborns prefer their mother's voice over a novel one, but they could make finer discriminations between the mother's voice and that of a female relative (to whom they were occasionally exposed to from birth). These findings are a clear evidence that neonates are capable of learning the arbitrary voice-face associations within the full face and 22 orientations, and that face orientation disturbs the perception of amodal relations, a crucial information for the detection of the arbitrary voice-face relations.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationNew Directions in Developmental Psychobiology
    PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
    Number of pages22
    ISBN (Electronic)9781616683092
    ISBN (Print)9781606926345
    Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2009


    • Amodal relations
    • Arbitrary voice-face association
    • Face recognition
    • Infants
    • Mother's voice recognition
    • Perception of invariance

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • General Psychology


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