The Expressiveness of Perceptual Experience

Physiognomy reconsidered

Martin S. Lindauer | The College at Brockport, State University of New York
ISBN 9789027241580 | EUR 90.00 | USD 135.00
ISBN 9789027271112 | EUR 90.00 | USD 135.00
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A face strikes us immediately as sad, and so, too, do a mourner, a willow tree, a house on a prairie, and a group of onlookers. The spontaneous emergence of affective and other qualities of people, things, places, and events falls under the heading of physiognomy, a phenomenon discussed since at least Aristotle, and a key feature of evolutionary theory, psychology, and perception as well as professional practice (“profiling”) and popular talk. However, physiognomy is a controversial topic because of a suspect history, and is often renamed as non-verbal communication.

The Expressiveness of Perceptual Experience: Physiognomy Reconsidered examines this venerable, attractive, and contentious topic within the unique perspective of research-oriented psychology. Included are the processes involved, primarily perceptual; origins, mainly evolutionary; and social-cultural factors as supplements. Discussed within a holistic-experiential (phenomenological)-aesthetic framework are physiognomy’s ties to the arts as well as emotions, synesthesia, learning, development, and personality. Empirical investigations are summarized, including the author’s.

[Consciousness & Emotion Book Series, 8] 2013.  xi, 174 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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Consciousness Research

Consciousness research

Main BIC Subject

JMRP: Perception

Main BISAC Subject

PSY013000: PSYCHOLOGY / Emotions
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