Human Facial Expression

Human Facial Expression : An Evolutionary View

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This text provides an integrated view of human facial expressions based on contemporary knowledge about the evolution of signaling across the animal kingdom. Spanning fields that range from psychology and anthropology to neurology and linguistics, it discusses questions such as: What do facial expressions express? How did facial expressions evolve? What relationship is there between expressions and emotions and motives? This book is suitable for undergraduate and graduate use as a text or course supplement. Topics covered include: the history of interpreting facial expressions; Darwinian theory; modern evolutionary theory; the biological, cultural and developmental evolution of facial expressions; and the syntactics and semantics of animal signaling.
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  • Hardback | 318 pages
  • 160.02 x 236.22 x 22.86mm | 589.67g
  • Academic Press Inc
  • San Diego, United States
  • English
  • references, index
  • 0122676300
  • 9780122676307

Table of contents

Pre-Darwinian Views on Facial Expression. Darwin's Anti-Darwinism in Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals. Facial Expression and the Methods of Contemporary Evolutionary Research. Mechanisms for the Evolution of Facial Expressions. Facial Hardware: The Nerves and Muscles of the Face. Facial Reflexes and the Ontogeny of Facial Displays. Emotions Versus Behavioural Ecology Views of Facial Expression: Theory and Concepts. Emotions Versus Behavioural Ecology Views of Facial Expreesion: The State of the Evidence. Introduction: Cross Cultural Studies of Facial Expressions of Emotion. Is There Universal Recognition of Emotion from Facial Expression? A Review of Cross-Cultural Studiew, By James A. Russell. How Do We Account for Both Universal and Regional Variations in Facial Expressions of Emotion?. Facial Paralanguage and Gesture. Conclusion: The Study of Facial Displays-Where Do We Go from Here?. References. Index.
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"In Human Facial Expression, Alan Fridlund approaches the literature on facial expression like a Samurai in one of Kirosawa's glorious epics, slashing at conceptual giants such as Darwin and Ekman with poise and unquestionable courage ... Fridlund has collated a massive amount of data on the neurobiological and psychological mechanisms underlying emotional expression, in addition to providing several carefully developed hypotheses for the evolutionary origins and adaptive significance of such expressions ... The end product is a book that shows the extraordinary power of Darwinian thinking and emphasises the point that like the human eye, heart, and foot, psychological processes have also been shaped by natural selection" MARC HAUSER, Harvard University, Department of Anthropology
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