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Anthony A. VolkDepartment of Child and Youth Studies, Brock University, St Catharines, Ontario, Canada, L2S 3A1

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Infant facial cues may have evolved as a signalling device used by both infants (to solicit care) and parents (to inform decisions about parental care). Unfortunately, virtually all of the data so far collected has been Caucasian adults rating Caucasian infants. To address this, the current study examined Caucasian and Chinese adults’ perceptions and ratings of Chinese infant faces using the Hypothetical Adoption Paradigm. As predicted, Caucasian adults gave higher ratings of adoption preference. Caucasian adults also gave higher ratings of cuteness and happiness. Also as predicted, men gave higher average ratings of resemblance than women, suggesting that men find that infants resemble themselves more than women do. These results highlight the potential contributions of both culture and evolved adaptations on adult perceptions, and support the need for further research using non-Caucasian adults and infants.

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Journal of Evolutionary Psychology 
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ISSN 1789-2082 (Print)
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