The Cambridge Face Memory Test for Children (CFMT-C):A new tool for measuring face recognition skills in childhood

Croydon, Abigail, Pimperton, Hannah, Ewing, Louise ORCID:, Duchaine, Brad C and Pellicano, Elizabeth (2014) The Cambridge Face Memory Test for Children (CFMT-C):A new tool for measuring face recognition skills in childhood. Neuropsychologia, 62. pp. 60-67. ISSN 0028-3932

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Face recognition ability follows a lengthy developmental course, not reaching maturity until well into adulthood. Valid and reliable assessments of face recognition memory ability are necessary to examine patterns of ability and disability in face processing, yet there is a dearth of such assessments for children. We modified a well-known test of face memory in adults, the Cambridge Face Memory Test (Duchaine & Nakayama, 2006, Neuropsychologia, 44, 576-585), to make it developmentally appropriate for children. To establish its utility, we administered either the upright or inverted versions of the computerised Cambridge Face Memory Test - Children (CFMT-C) to 401 children aged between 5 and 12 years. Our results show that the CFMT-C is sufficiently sensitive to demonstrate age-related gains in the recognition of unfamiliar upright and inverted faces, does not suffer from ceiling or floor effects, generates robust inversion effects, and is capable of detecting difficulties in face memory in children diagnosed with autism. Together, these findings indicate that the CFMT-C constitutes a new valid assessment tool for children's face recognition skills.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Uncontrolled Keywords: age factors,analysis of variance,child,child development,child, preschool,face,female,humans,male,neuropsychological tests,pattern recognition,photic stimulation,reaction time,recognition (psychology),reproducibility of results
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Psychology
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Developmental Science
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 25 Feb 2016 11:00
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2022 04:31
DOI: 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2014.07.008

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