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In our daily lives, in our memories and fantasies, our mental worlds overflow with faces. But why do we have faces at all, and brains that are good at reading them? And 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 preeminent 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.

About 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 andpioneered 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 Imageand Brain Mechanisms for Perception and Memory: From Neuron to Behaviour.

Table of Contents


1 Fish face: A brief tour of the face and its origins

2 Seeing faces: How we recognize faces and why we like them

3 A baby's bias: How we are attracted to faces from birth

4 Beauty in balance: The proportions that really are universally attractive

5 His and hers: How sex hormones influence our looks and our attraction to others

6 The point of beauty: Why facial attractiveness matters in the long run

7 Fit face: How our health is reflected in our faces

8 Wither the face: On the cuteness of babies and the effects of time

9 Faces with attitude: How the personality we seek in a partner guides our face tastes

10 All in the family: How parents and peers shape our attraction to faces  

11 Love potions: Transforming attraction to love


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The New Science of Human Attraction
Perrett, David
Palgrave Macmillan
Sociology - General
Life Sciences/Anatomy & Physiology (see also Life Sciences/Human Anatomy & Physiology)
Psychology : General
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63 BandW images throughout
9.25 x 6.125 in

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