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Kin recognition signals in adult faces

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Craig Roberts, Emerita Professor Marion Petrie


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Maloney and Dal Martello [Maloney, L.T., Dal Martello, M.F. (2006). Kin recognition and the perceived facial similarity of children. Journal of Vision, 6(10), 1047-1056.] reported that similarity ratings of pairs of related and unrelated children were almost perfect predictors of the probability that those children were judged as being siblings by a second group of observers. Surprisingly, similarity ratings were poor predictors of whether a pair was same-sex or opposite-sex, suggesting that people ignore cues that are uninformative about kinship when making similarity judgments of faces. Using adult sibling faces, we find that similarity ratings for same-sex pairs were significantly higher than for opposite-sex pairs, suggesting that similarity judgments of adult faces are not entirely synonymous with kinship judgments. (C) 2008 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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Author(s): DeBruine LM, Smith FG, Jones BC, Roberts SC, Petrie M, Spector TD

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Vision Research

Year: 2009

Volume: 49

Issue: 1

Pages: 38-43

ISSN (print): 0042-6989

ISSN (electronic): 1878-5646

Publisher: Pergamon


DOI: 10.1016/j.visres.2008.09.025


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