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Effects of acquaintance and friendship on children’s recognition of classmates’ faces

Research paper by June Chance, Alvin G. Goldstein, William Schicht

Indexed on: 24 Oct '13Published on: 24 Oct '13Published in: Psychonomic science



Abstract

Using as stimuli, photos of classmates’ faces presented under masks so only a portion of the face could be seen, a positive relationship between children’s chronological age and accuracy of identification was confirmed. Length of acquaintance between S and the pictured child did not affect performance; however, when young Ss acknowledged the pictured child as a “friend,” they were more likely to identify him correctly than when the pictured child was not a friend.