Does facial trustworhiness impact object processing in infancy?
In prior studies, we could show that infants process faces perceived by adults as particularly trustworthy different from those that were judged by adults as less trustworthy. In our new study, we investigated whether infants make use of this trustworthiness information and process objects differently, depending on whether a face looking at that object looks trustworthy. This seems to be the case; both trustworthiness and direction of gaze influence how an infant processes a new object.
Jessen, S. & Grossmann, T. (2019). Neural evidence for the impact of facial trustworthiness on object processing in a gaze-cueing task in 7-month-old infants, Social Neuroscience.