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Author Perrett, David, 1954-

Title In your face : the new science of human attraction / David Perret.

Publication Info. Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.


Location Call No. Status
 Newington, Lucy Robbins Welles Library - Adult Department  153.758 PERRETT    Check Shelf
Description xviii, 305 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references ( pages 235-280) and index.
Summary "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 to behave like "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 that you consider 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"-- Provided by publisher.
Contents Fish face : A brief tour of the face and its origins -- Seeing faces : How we recognize faces and why we like them -- A baby's bias : Born to be fascinated by faces -- Beauty in balance : the proportions that really are universally attractive -- His and hers : How sex hormones influence our looks and our attraction to others -- The point of beauty : The face you get and the face you leave -- Fit face : How our health is reflected in our faces -- Wither the face : On the cuteness of babies and the effects of time -- Faces with attitude : How the personality we seek in a partner guides our face tastes -- All in the family : How parents and peers shape our attraction to faces -- Love potions : Transforming attraction to love.
Subject Face perception.
Face -- Psychological aspects.
Interpersonal attraction.
Beauty, Personal -- Psychological aspects.
Visual Perception.
Body Image.
Interpersonal Relations.
ISBN 9780230201293 hardback
0230201296 hardback
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