I am currently working at the Babylab (Grenoble, France) in the team led by Olivier Pascalis. I am working on infant face processing. I am interested in the development of familiarity preferences, and on the role of experience on this behavior. During my Ph.D, I especially focused on biases related to the age of faces. I am also deeply interested in the development of category formation in human and macaque infants from birth to 12 month of age.
General areas : Cognitive Psychology - Face perception - Infant cognitive development - Visual perception
Specific Research Topics : Categorization : How infants extract social category information from faces (e.g., age, race). Face preferences : How the environment influence the shaping of infants’ face preferences and recognition abilities.
Frequent collaborators : Paul C. Quinn (U. Delaware), Kang Lee (U. Toronto), Elizabeth Simpson (U. Miami) Annika Paukner (NICHD)
Actual position :
ATER (Teaching assistant) in Grenoble-Alpes University
Ph.D University of Grenoble-Alpes, France Advisors : OLIVIER PASCALIS and DAVID MEARY Thesis : The development of familiarity preference in infancy. 2010-2012 : Master of Science in cognitive psychology, University of Grenoble-Alpes, France 2006-2010 : Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, University of Grenoble,
Teaching : 2011-2016 300 hours to undergraduate students across different subjects : Data analysis and Methodology Cognitive Psychology Introduction to Psychology
Damon, F., Méary D., Quinn P. C., Lee K., Simpson A. E., Paukner A. F., Suomi S. J., & Pascalis O (in press). Perception of facial averageness : Evidence for a common mechanism in human and macaque infants. Nature Scientific Reports
Damon, F., Quinn P.C., Heron-Delaney M., Lee K., & Pascalis O. (2016) Category formation for faces differing by age in 9- to 12-month-old infants : an effect of experience with infant faces. British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 34, 582–597. doi : 10.1111/bjdp.12152
Heron-Delaney M., Damon F., Méary D., Quinn P.C., Lee K., & Pascalis O. (2016). An adult face bias in infant that is modulated by face race. International Journal of Behavioral Development. doi : 10.1177/0165025416651735
Simpson A. E., Jakobsen, K. V., Damon F., Suomi S. J., Ferrari P. F., Paukner A. (2016). Face detection and the development of own-species bias in infant macaques. Child Development. Advance online publication. doi:10.1111/cdev.12565
Damon, F., Bayet, L., Quinn, P. C., Hillairet de Boisferon, A., Méary, D., Dupierrix, E., … Pascalis, O. (2015). Can human eyes prevent perceptual narrowing for monkey faces in human infants ? Developmental Psychobiology, 57, 637–642. doi:10.1002/dev.21319
Xiao, W. S., Fu, G., Quinn, P. C., Sun, Y-H., Xiao, N. G., Wang, Q., Chen, G., Pascalis, O., Damon, F., & Lee, K. (2014). The eye-size illusion : Psychophysical characteristics, generality, and relation to holistic processing. Perception, 43, 265-274.
Damon, F., Li, Z., Li, W., Quinn, P. C, Guo, K., Pascalis, O., & Méary, D. (under review) Face attractiveness : a cross species study.
Bayet L., Damon F., Méary D., Porcheron A., Russell R., & Pascalis O. (under review) Sensitivity to contrast-enhanced facial features in human infants.
Heron-Delaney, M., Quinn, P.C., Damon, F., Lee, K., & Pascalis, O. (under review). Development of preferences for differently aged faces of different races.
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