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What the Face Reveals: Basic and Applied Studies of Spontaneous Expression Using the Facial Action Coding System (FACS) (Series in Affective Science) [Kindle Edition]

Paul Ekman , Erika L. Rosenberg
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Book Description

While we have known for centuries that facial expressions can reveal what people are thinking and feeling, it is only recently that the face has been studied scientifically for what it can tell us about internal states, social behavior, and psychopathology. Today's widely available, sophisticated measuring systems have allowed us to conduct a wealth of new research on facial behavior that has contributed enormously to our understanding of the relationship between facial expression and human psychology. The chapters in this volume present the state-of-the-art in this research. They address key topics and questions, such as the dynamic and morphological differences between voluntary and involuntary expressions, the relationship between what people show on their faces and what they say they feel, whether it is possible to use facial behavior to draw distinctions among psychiatric populations, and how far research on automating facial measurement has progressed. The book also includes follow-up commentary on all of the original research presented and a concluding integration and critique of all the contributions made by Paul Ekman.
As an essential reference for all those working in the area of facial analysis and expression, this volume will be indispensable for a wide range of professionals and students in the fields of psychology, psychiatry, and behavioral medicine.

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"What the Face Reveals dramatically illustrates the value of precise measurement of facial behavior in illuminating an impressive range of issues in basic and applied research. The chapters present innovative state-of-the-art applications of facial measurement, and the commentaries by authors and editors greatly enrich the readers experience. This is affective science of the highest quality, brimming with intriguing findings and promising new directions." --Robert W. Levenson, Professor of Psychology, University of California, Berkeley and Director of the Institute of Personality and Social Research and the Berkeley Psychophysiology Laboratory

About the Author

Paul Ekman was a Professor of Psychology for 32 years in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California at San Francisco. He also served as chief psychologist in the U.S. Army, Fort Dix New Jersey from 1958-1960. His interests have focused on two separate, but related topics: He originally focused on nonverbal behavior, and by the mid-60s concentrated on the expression and physiology of emotion. His other interest is interpersonal deception. His research program was supported by grants from the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Science Foundation, and the Advanced Research Projects Agency of the DOD, loosely affiliated with UCSF. His many honors have included the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award of the American Psychological Association in 1991, and an honorary doctor of humane letters from the University of Chicago in 1994. Dr. Ekman retired from UCSF in 2004. He currently serves as the chairman of the board of the Institute of Analytic Interviewing and continues to consult on research and training related to emotion and deception. Erika Rosenberg is an emotions researcher, a health psychologist, and an expert in facial expression measurement. Dr. Rosenberg currently consults with a variety of academic and non-academic clients on issues related to facial behavior, teaches workshops in FACS and emotional communication, and is a Lecturer in the Department of Psychology at the University of California, Davis.

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  • File Size: 6015 KB
  • Print Length: 663 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0195179641
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 2 edition (March 24, 2005)
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53 of 63 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars very complex February 15, 2007
This is a very techinal book, containing papers poublished in scientific journals. While I liked it very much, it was a tough read.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars To put it simply July 9, 2012
By daos
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This book is basically a series of experiments to discover the the ins and outs of what facial expressions mean what in whatever situation. Like infants looking at there mothers and if they smile more when their mother is smiling at them or just smiling.
Then it ranges to schizoid, depressed, and suicidal patients. I thought I was smart but all I got from that chapter is that 87% of some group gives a despair face when they tell the doctor they're fine. But then they reattempt to hurt themselves.

I'm still reading, but this book does not tell you what AU's are.

Action Units (AU's) there are 46 individual facial expressions but the last three are optional.
Go to another source if you want to learn them.

This book is advanced to the degree that a lot of the sentences feel a little backwards, there are lots of charts and graphs and few pictures. AND there are a lot of annoying references in the middle of every page. I know we're in an age of increasing reason to protect intellectual property, but mid-sentence?

This book is a challenge.
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21 of 28 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars FACS Book February 13, 2011
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I ordered this item because I needed it for writing my bachelor thesis. But I didn't expect this book would be that big and "that" scientific. But I really like this book! It delivers insight into this interesting world of FACS and how you can read it. And because of this collection of those different studies you don't get a one-sided view from FACS.
Shorted: This book can be a really good thing if you are interested in FACS and micro expressions!
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5.0 out of 5 stars What the Face Reveals: Basic and Applied April 8, 2015
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I am always interested in figuring out people and I thought this book would be a wonderful asset to my studies. I've also heard that Paul Ekman has the best books out on this subject.
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