Sweet Puppies and Cute Babies: Perceptual Adaptation to Babyfacedness Transfers across Species

Golle, Jessika Kessy; Lisibach, Stephanie; Mast, Fred W.; Lobmaier, Janek S. (2013). Sweet Puppies and Cute Babies: Perceptual Adaptation to Babyfacedness Transfers across Species. PLoS ONE, 8(3), e58248. Public Library of Science 10.1371/journal.pone.0058248

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Infant faces are very salient stimuli. The Kindchenschema describes specific features that characterize a cute infant face. In this study we used a visual adaptation paradigm to investigate the universality of the perceptual properties of the Kindchenschema. In Experiment 1, twenty-four participants adapted to cute and less cute human infant faces and in Experiment 2, twenty-four new participants adapted to cute and less cute faces of puppy dogs. In both experiments the task was to assess the cuteness of subsequently presented human infant faces. The results revealed cuteness after-effects for human infant faces in both adaptation conditions, suggesting a common mechanism coding cuteness in human and non-human faces. This study provides experimental evidence for the universality of the well-described concept of the Kindchenschema.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Cognitive Psychology, Perception and Methodology
10 Strategic Research Centers > Center for Cognition, Learning and Memory (CCLM)
07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Cognitive Psychology, Perception and Methodology > Biologische Psychologie (SNF)

UniBE Contributor:

Golle, Jessika Kessy; Lisibach, Stephanie; Mast, Fred and Lobmaier, Janek

Subjects:

100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology

ISSN:

1932-6203

Publisher:

Public Library of Science

Language:

English

Submitter:

Janek Lobmaier

Date Deposited:

17 Apr 2014 16:39

Last Modified:

27 Jul 2015 11:05

Publisher DOI:

10.1371/journal.pone.0058248

PubMed ID:

23516453

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.44475

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/44475

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