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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) [Hardcover]

Paul Ekman , Erika L. Rosenberg
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April 14, 2005 9780195179644 978-0195179644 2
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.

Product Details

  • Series: Series in Affective Science
  • Hardcover: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 2 edition (April 14, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780195179644
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195179644
  • ASIN: 0195179641
  • Product Dimensions: 1.4 x 7 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #116,684 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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50 of 59 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars very complex February 15, 2007
Format:Hardcover
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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars To put it simply July 9, 2012
By daos
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
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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13 of 18 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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6 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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When I started scanning through this book, I was able to, readily notice that though I would certainly learn from it, it will take a tremendous endeavor. This book would be useful to me only if I extract my own resume, which will certainly need to be no less than 30 hand written pages. It would also involve me drawing the rictuses and face signatures of reference for the text since there are very few on the book (I consider this an option because I am a very good and fast draft man, otherwise it might not be).
The material here seems to be the best research that needed to be done considering that there are so many myths and misconceptions regarding the subject, and that somebody finally did, so thank you Dr. Eckman. The book consists mostly in just the display of the actual data that the writer gathered and used for his research, for that reason, I think this book will hardly be of good use to the average individual who is not a researcher or a professional of a discipline in the environment of this realm, namely psychology, criminology or other. Furthermore, I would say that it would not be useful for those unless they are interested in having the hard data.
Based on the commentaries I read and my own initial purpose, it was noticeable that most people is looking for a clear explanation, descriptions and a good number of photographic samples that they could use in order to be able to determine whether some body is lying to them or not. I am really interested on the subject and would like to buy some of his books so I scanned through the reviews for the other books that Dr. Eckman has and that also appear to be more lay man's accessible, and was able to notice that the other readers remarks are similar to mine.
I think that with time, the writer will come with the correct product but as anything in life, there is a path whose next step you do not know until you have taken the previous one.
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1 of 27 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Stupid me. I don't know how I got this mixed up. November 14, 2012
By Sarah
Format:Kindle Edition
I'm very unhappy because I thought I bought a paper back book. I got confused that I bought it to read to on here. That the only thing I'm in happy with.
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