Face Perception

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2012-02-08
  • Publisher: Psychology Pres

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Human faces are unique biological structures which convey a complex variety of important social messages. Even strangers can tell things from our faces - our feelings, our locus of attention, something of what we are saying, our age, sex and ethnic group, whether they find us attractive. In recent years there has been genuine progress in understanding how our brains derive all these different messages from faces and what can happen when one or other of the structures involved is damaged. Face Perceptionprovides an up-to-date, integrative summary by two authors who have helped develop and shape the field over the past 30 years. It encompasses topics as diverse as the visual information our brains can exploit when we look at faces, whether prejudicial attitudes can affect how we see faces, and how people with neurodevelopmental disorders see faces. The material is digested and summarised in a way that is accessible to students, with a structure that focuses on the different things we can do with faces. It offers a compelling synthesis of behavioural, neuropsychological and cognitive neuroscience approaches to develop a distinctive point of view of the area. The book concludes by reviewing what is known about the development of face processing, and re-examines as the question of what makes faces #xE2;#xAC;#xDC;special#xE2;#xAC;". Written in a clear and accessible style, this is invaluable reading for all students studying face perception and social cognition.

Author Biography

Vicki Bruce has taught and researched aspects of visual perception, particularly face perception, since completing her PhD in 1977. She has held chairs in psychology at the Universities of Nottingham, Stirling, Edinburgh and Newcastle. Andy Young has more than 35 years of experience researching different aspects of face perception. He has held posts at the Universities of Aberdeen, Lancaster, Durham and York, and the Medical Research Council.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. viii
The face: Organ of communicationp. 1
The science and methods of face perception researchp. 47
Social categoriesp. 97
Messages from facial movementsp. 153
Gaze and attentionp. 209
Recognising facesp. 253
Beyond the face: Person perceptionp. 315
Nature and nurturep. 359
Referencesp. 407
Author Indexp. 453
Subject Indexp. 471
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