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People Watching: Social, Perceptual, and Neurophysiological Studies of Body Perception

Kerri Johnson and Maggie Shiffrar


The human body has long been a rich source of inspiration for the arts, and artists have long recognized the body's special status. While the scientific study of body perception also has an important history, recent technological advances have triggered an explosion of research on the visual perception of the human body in motion, or as it is traditionally called, biological motion perception. Now reaching a point of burgeoning inter-disciplinary focus, biological motion perception research is poised to transform our understanding of person construal. Indeed, several factors highlight a privil ... More

Keywords: human body, body perception, visual perception, motion, biological motion perception, social judgments, friendliness

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780195393705
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195393705.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kerri Johnson, editor
University of California, Los Angeles

Maggie Shiffrar, editor
Rutgers University

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Front Matter

Part I Introduction

Chapter 1Making Great Strides:

Kerri L. Johnson, and Maggie Shiffrar

Part II Psychophysics

Chapter 5What Does “Biological Motion” Really Mean?

Arieta Chouchourelou, Alissa Golden,, and Maggie Shiffrar

Chapter 6Shape-Independent Processing of Biological Motion

Nikolaus F. Troje, and Dorita H. F. Chang

Chapter 7Action Perception from a Common Coding Perspective

Robrecht P. R. D. van der Wel, Natalie Sebanz, and Günther Knoblich

Part III Development and Individual Differences

Chapter 8Developmental Origins of Biological Motion Perception

Willem E. Frankenhuis, H. Clark Barrett,, and Scott P. Johnson

Chapter 9 Experience and the Perception of Biological Motion

Frank E. Pollick, Corinne Jola, Karin Petrini, Lawrie S. McKay, Phil McAleer, Seon Hee Jang, Christine MacLeod,, and David R. Simmons

Part IV Social Perspectives

Chapter 15Functionalism Redux:

Ezequiel Morsella, Merrit A. Hoover,, and John A. Bargh

Part V Neurophysiology

Chapter 19Brain Mechanisms for Social Perception:

Kevin Pelphrey, and Sarah Shultz

End Matter