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In Your Face: The New Science of Human Attraction

4.3 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-1403944139
ISBN-10: 0230201296
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"Let's face it. David Perrett has written a truly compelling book. Chock full of science, but reader-friendly and entertaining. Now I have a new perspective on my own crooked smile and have learned many other fascinating things related to faces. Highly recommended." -- Professor Joseph LeDoux, author of The Emotional Brain and Synaptic Self
 
"An engaging revelation of the biology and psychology behind facial beauty, but be warned: In Your Face may reveal some surprising truths about why we are attracted to others." -- Bruce Hood, author of SuperSense and Professor of Experimental Psychology at the University of Bristol.

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What's in a face? Why are you attracted to one person and not another?  If what you know about beauty and attraction comes mainly from poetry or the occasional issue of Cosmo, then neuroscientist David Perrett, winner of the prestigious Golden Brain award, may just change the way you see yourself--and everyone around you.  In Your Face is an engaging tour through the serious science of attraction. It offers a unique synthesis of the latest research in a branch of psychology known as face perception--much of it pursued by Perrett himself. Presented are startling discoveries that are likely to shake whatever long-held views you may have about where beauty lies, be it in the eye of the beholder or in a mathematical formula.  In Your Face pulls no punches. Far from ephemeral, beauty is shown to be a central driver in the evolution of our species and a remarkably robust signal of our health and ability to procreate--but perhaps not for reasons you might think. 
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan (August 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230201296
  • ISBN-13: 978-1403944139
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,274,229 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Al on October 14, 2013
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While there are some interesting bits of information, the author is trying to find a scientific justification for how people feel about beauty. He uses computer imaging to merge or distort various facial features to explain variation from an imagined "average." It was too dense and became very uninteresting.
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This book is absolutely captivating. It very intelligently details the concept of attractiveness on different levels, as well as the evolutionary basis for what we consider attractive, mostly based on genetic health as well as information on how we generally perceive the human face ( facial expressions, structure, etc.)
Overall, a well written, in-depth and fascinating exploration of both attractiveness and the human face in general. I highly recommend it.
This author really knows his stuff!
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I liked the book because things are changing so rapidly and I believe we need to look at meeting people and creating relationships in a different way. Having said that, this book was quite enlightening. I recommend the read.
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Is ok, Cant do much better for the price, Can be a slow read at some times in the book.
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By tamara on May 13, 2013
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This book so far is interesting. I am only a few chapters in but i like the picture examples they show. I only wish there were more samples of tests conducted and in color. Otherwise, a great read.
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I wanted more in-depth information and I got tired of this book. I skim-read the last 1/3 of it and was glad to be finished.
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It is very educational. I like the author's point of view:). I am enlightened on how others value a PERSON'S FACE.:)
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It was a well written book. I thought the research seemed well done, and the reasoning applied to the results was excellent.
It just didn't tell me any cool secrets to making my face more attractive ! All that was pretty common sense. Healthy, even skin, etc....
I did learn one very valuable thing though. Eating lots of colorful fruits and vegetables actually changes your skin tone and makes you more attractive! This is finally getting me to eat more of them. Nothing like an appeal to my vanity to get me to do something!
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