Auditory-Visual Speech Processing (AVSP) 2009

University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK
September 10-13, 2009

Auditory-Visual Perception of Talking Faces at Birth: A New Paradigm

Marion Coulon, Bahia Guellaï, Arlette Streri

University Paris Descartes - Laboratory for Psychology of Perception, Paris, France

Newborn infants prefer faces to all other visual displays. All previous studies of face recognition in newborns used schematic faces, photographs or static real faces. In our study, we used video films to explore, for the first time, recognition of talking faces, in newborns. Our results suggest that video films of talking faces are very salient stimuli for newborns and can enhance face recognition a few hours after birth.

Index terms : newborns, face recognition, videos, talking faces, cross-modal

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Bibliographic reference.  Coulon, Marion / Guellaï, Bahia / Streri, Arlette (2009): "Auditory-visual perception of talking faces at birth: a new paradigm", In AVSP-2009, 76-79.