PLoS One 2008 May 28;3(5):e2317. Epub 2008 May 28.
Unité Cognition et Développement et Laboratoire de Neurophysiologie, Université Catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Ottignies, Belgium.
: Using the well-known composite illusion as a marker of the holistic perception of faces, we tested how prolonged visual experience with a specific population of faces (4- to 6-year-old children) modulates the face perception system in adulthood.Methodology/principal Findings
: We report a face composite effect that is larger for adult than children faces in a group of adults without experience with children faces ("children-face novices"), while it is of equal magnitude for adults and children faces in a population of preschool teachers ("children-face experts"). When considering preschool teachers only, we observed a significant correlation between the number of years of experience with children faces and the differential face composite effect between children and adults faces. Read More