In Your Face: The New Science of Human Attraction

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In our daily lives, in our memories and fantasies, our mental worlds overflow with faces. But what do we really know about this most remarkable feature of the human body? Why do we have faces at all, and brains that are good at reading them? What do our looks say ? and not say ? about our personalities?
 
And perhaps the most compelling question of all: Why are we attracted to some faces more than others?...

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Overview

In our daily lives, in our memories and fantasies, our mental worlds overflow with faces. But what do we really know about this most remarkable feature of the human body? Why do we have faces at all, and brains that are good at reading them? What do our looks say – and not say – about our personalities?
 
And perhaps the most compelling question of all: Why are we attracted to some faces more than others? 'In Your Face' is an engaging and authoritative tour of the science of facial beauty and face perception.

David Perrett, the pre-eminent scholar in the field, reveals and interprets the most remarkable findings and in the process demolishes many popular myths, setting the record straight on what neuroscience and evolutionary psychology are teaching us about beauty. The record is more surprising and often more unsettling than you might think.

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"Let's face it. David Perrett has written a truly compelling book. Chock full of science, but reader-friendly and entertaining. Now I have a new perspective on my own crooked smile and have learned many other fascinating things related to faces. Highly recommended." — Professor Joseph LeDoux, author of The Emotional Brain and Synaptic Self
 
"An engaging revelation of the biology and psychology behind facial beauty, but be warned: In Your Face may reveal some surprising truths about why we are attracted to others." — Bruce Hood, author of SuperSense and Professor of Experimental Psychology at the University of Bristol.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230201293
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 10/26/2010
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

David Perrett is Professor of Psychology at the University of St Andrews and currently holds a British Academy Wolfson Research Professorship to work on the perception of health in faces. He received the "Golden Brain" award for his discoveries about the way the brain processes faces and 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. 

 

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Table of Contents

List of figures and plates

Acknowledgements

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Introduction 1

1 Fish face

A brief tour of the face and its origins 7

2 Seeing faces

How we recognize faces and why we like them 27

3 A baby's bias

Born to be fascinated by faces 50

4 Beauty in balance

The proportions that really are universally attractive 72

5 His and hers

How sex hormones influence our looks and our attraction to others 97

6 The point of beauty

The face you get and the face you leave 119

7 Fit face

How our health is reflected in our faces 132

8 Wither the face

On the cuteness of babies and the effects of time 157

9 Faces with attitude

How the personality we seek in a partner guides our face tastes 177

10 All in the family

How parents and peers shape our attraction to faces 200

11 Love potions

Transforming attraction to love 217

Epilogue 232

Notes 235

Index 281

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