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7-month-old Western and Asian babies look differently at faces to learn about emotions.
Emotional facial expressions are essential for our everyday life. There is increasing evidence that culture specifies when and how certain emotions can be expressed, and that these norms are reflected in how we visually explore a face. For example, Asian people tend to look more at the eyes, while Westerners explore the entire face. In a recent study we discovered that such differences are already present in babies. Our findings show that culture profoundly shapes our social development already in the first year of life.