The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals

The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals

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Why do we bite people we feel affection towards? Why do dogs wag their tails? Or cats purr? Why do we get embarrassed, and why does embarrassment make us blush? These, and many other questions about the emotional life of man and animals are answered in this remarkable book. The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals was an immediate best-seller when it was first published in 1872 and still provides the point of departure for research into emotion and facial expression. In his study of infants and children (including a delightfully objective study of his own baby's smiles and pouts), of the insane, of painting and sculpture, of cats and dogs and monkeys, and of the ways that people in different cultures express their feelings, Darwin's insights have not been improved upon by modern science. This definitive edition contains a substantial new Introduction and Afterword by Paul Ekman. Ekman also provides commentaries that use the latest scientific knowledge to elaborate, support and occasionally challenge Darwin's insights.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 512 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 32mm | 639.56g
  • Oxford University Press
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Annotated
  • 3rd edition
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0195158067
  • 9780195158069
  • 1,254,130

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"Scholarship at its best.... The strength of Darwin's writing still shines through, as well as hes drive to explain the form of each emotional expression.... this new book will be required reading for Darwin scholars of emotion."--Nature
"The appearance of this new edition of Darwin's extraordinary book is a major event in the human sciences."--Steven Pinker
"Darwin's most readable and human book, full of enchanting observations, provocative theories, and remarkable photographs.... This new comprehensive edition of Expression will introduce a new generation of readers to Darwin's masterpiece, undiminished and intensely relevant even 125 years after
publication."--Oliver Sacks
"Over many years, while engaged on other work, Darwin was researching the Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals, his most extraordinary and approachable book, rich in observed detailed and brilliant speculation, beautifully illustrated--one of the first scientific books to use photographs,
including some of his own baby pouting and laughing--and now available in a third edition, prepared and annotated by the great American psychologist of the emotions, Paul Ekman... Darwin's book was out of favour for a long time after his death. The climate of opinion has changed now, and Ekman's
superb edition is a major published event and has been enthusiastically welcomed."--From a lecture, entitled Science and Human Nature, given at Oxford University by Ian McEwan
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About Charles Darwin

Paul Ekman is Professor of Psychology at the University of California at San Francisco. He is the editor of Darwin and Facial Expression and The Nature of Emotion, and author of Telling Lies: Clues to Deceit in the Marketplace, Politics, and Marriage. He lives in San Francisco.
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