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The Science of Social Vision

Reginald B. Adams, Nalini Ambady, Ken Nakayama, and Shinsuke Shimojo


The human visual system is particularly attuned to and remarkably efficient at processing social cues. We can effectively “read” others' mental and emotional states and make snap judgments about their characters and dispositions, simply by watching them. Given what is clearly a close relationship between vision and social interaction, it has become increasingly clear to social psychologists seeking to understand better the functional and neuroanatomical mechanisms underlying social perception that vision plays a critical role in the development and maintenance of social exchange. Likewise, vis ... More

Keywords: mental states, emotional states, vision, social interaction, social perception, stereotype activation, visual cues

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Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780195333176
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195333176.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Reginald B. Adams, editor
Pennsylvania State University

Nalini Ambady, editor
Tufts University

Ken Nakayama, editor
Harvard University

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Chapter 1 An Ecological Theory of Face Perception

Leslie A. Zebrowitz, P. Matthew Bronstad, and Joann M. Montepare

Chapter 5 Compound Social Cues in Human Face Processing

Reginald B. Adams, Robert G. Franklin, Anthony J. Nelson, and Michael T. Stevenson

Chapter 9 Facial Attractiveness

Anthony C. Little, and David I. Perrett

Chapter 11 Context-Specific Responses to Self-Resembling Faces

Lisa M. DeBruine, and Benedict C. Jones

Chapter 13 Thin-Slice Vision

Max Weisbuch, and Nalini Ambady

Chapter 14 Seeing Human Movement as Inherently Social

Maggie Shiffrar, Martha D. Kaiser, and Areti Chouchourelou

Chapter 15 Social Constraints on the Visual Perception of Biological Motion

Kerri L. Johnson, Frank E. Pollick, and Lawrie S. McKay

Chapter 16 Social Color Vision

Mark A. Changizi, and Shinsuke Shimojo

Chapter 18 Afrocentric Facial Features and Stereotyping

Irene V. Blair, and Charles M. Judd

Chapter 21 Are People Special? A Brain’s Eye View

Anthony P. Atkinson, Andrea S. Heberlein, and Ralph Adolphs