In Your Face The New Science of Human Attraction

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  • Copyright: 2010-08-15
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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What makes a face attractive? Why are we attracted to certain faces and not others? In this fascinating and exuberant account from the frontiers of science, David Perrett, a winner of the prestigious Golden Brain award and one of the world's foremost experts in face perception, and Louise Barrett, an evolutionary psychologist, tell the amazing story of where the human face came from, and how our perceptions of the face affect the way we judge an individual's personality, health, trustworthiness, and suitability as a friend or lover. Revealing some truly eye-opening new findings that will change the way you see your own face and those of everyone around you, the authors explore provocative questions and sometimes unsettling facts: How much does facial symmetry really matter? Why do masculine-looking babies commonly grow up tobehavelike "masculine" adults? Why do so many people at age 50 really have the face they deserve? Why doesn't plastic surgery actually erase the years? What are the skin colors that are most attractive? (The answers are not what you might think.) How likely is it that you have friends thatyouconsider ugly? Far from offering a license to be lookist, Barrett and Perrett offer proof that inner beauty is often what really matters in the mating game and in wider life. And studies prove it makes you better looking, too.

Author Biography

David Perrett is Professor of Psychology at the University of St Andrews. He received the “Golden Brain” award for his discoveries about the way the brain processes faces. He pioneered the use of computer graphics to study the perception of facial attributes such as beauty, health and personality.  He is the editor of Processing the Facial Image and Brain Mechanisms for Perception and Memory:: From Neuron to Behaviour.

Louise Barrett is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Lethbridge. She is the   co-editor of  the Oxford Handbook of Evolutionary Psychology.  She is also the author of several popular science books including Cousins, Baboons and Walking with Cavemen.

Table of Contents

List of Figures and platesp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. x
Figure creditsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
Fish face
A brief tour of the face and its originsp. 7
Seeing faces
How we recognize faces and why we like themp. 27
A baby's bias
Born to be fascinated by facesp. 50
Beauty in balance
The proportions that really are universally attractivep. 72
His and hers
How sex hormones influence our looks and our attraction to othersp. 97
The point of beauty
The face you get and the face you leavep. 119
Fit face
How our health is reflected in our facesp. 132
Wither the face
On the cuteness of babies and the effects of timep. 157
Faces with attitude
How the personality we seek in a partner guides our face tastesp. 177
All in the family
How parents and peers shape our attraction to facesp. 200
Love potions
Transforming attraction to lovep. 217
Epiloguep. 232
Notesp. 235
Indexp. 281
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