Title

Facial Diversity and InfantPreferences for Attractive Faces

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

Developmental Psychology

Volume

27

Issue

1

Publisher

American Psychological Association

Publication Date

1991

First Page

79

Last Page

84

DOI

10.1037/0012-1649.27.1.79

Abstract

Three studies examined infant preferences for attractive faces in 4 types of faces: White adult male and female faces, Black adult female faces, and infant faces. Infants viewed pairs of faces, previously rated for attractiveness by adults, in a visual preference paradigm. Significant preferences were found for attractive faces across all facial types. The results confirm earlier reports of this phenomenon and extend those results by showing that infant preferences for attractive faces generalize across faces differing in race, gender, and age. Two potential explanations for these observed infant preferences are discussed.