Oxford Handbook of Face Perception

ISBN : 9780199559053

Andy Calder; Gillian Rhodes; Mark H. Johnson; Jim Haxby
944 Pages
181 x 254 mm
Pub date
Jul 2011
Oxford Library of Psychology
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The human face is unique among social stimuli in conveying such a variety of different characteristics. A person's identity, sex, race, age, emotional state, focus of attention, facial speech patterns, and attractiveness are all detected and interpreted with relative ease from the face. Humans also display a surprising degree of consistency in the extent to which personality traits, such as trustworthiness and likeability, are attributed to faces. In the past thirty years, face perception has become an area of major interest within psychology, with a rapidly expanding research base. Yet until now, there has been no comprehensive reference work bringing together this ever growing body of research. The Oxford Handbook of Face Perception is the most comprehensive and commanding review of the field ever published. It looks at the functional and neural mechanisms underlying the perception, representation, and interpretation of facial characteristics, such as identity, expression, eye gaze, attractiveness, personality, and race. It examines the development of these processes, their neural correlates in both human and non-human primates, congenital and acquired disorders resulting from their breakdown, and the theoretical and computational frameworks for their underlying mechanisms. With chapters by an international team of leading authorities from the brain sciences, the book is a landmark publication on face perception. For anyone looking for the definitive text on this burgeoning field, this is the essential book.


1. Face perception: a developmental perspective
2. Cognitive and computational approaches to face recognition
3. Ecological and social approaches to face perception
4. Face neurons
5. Disorders of face perception
6. Distributed neural systems for face perception
7. The functional architecture of the face system: integrating evidence from fMRI and patient studies
8. Applied research in face processing
9. Are faces special?
10. Features, configuratiton and holistic face processing
11. Face perception and perceptual expertise in adult and developmental populations
12. An experience-based holistic account of the other-race face effect
13. Social Categorization Influences Face Perception and Face Memory
14. Adaptive norm-based coding of face identity
15. Unfamiliar face perception
16. Face recognition in eyewitness memory
17. The face-sensitive N170 component of the event-related brain potential
18. Neurophysiological correlates of face perception
19. Transcranial magnetic stimulation studies of face processing
20. Computer-generated images in face perception
21. Neurocomputational models of face processing
22. Does facial identity and facial expression recognition involve separate visual routes?
23. Attention and automaticity in processing facial expressions
24. On Perceiving Facial Expressions: The Role of Culture and Context
25. Automated facial expression measurement : Recent applications to basic research in human behavior, learning, and education
26. Influence of Personality Traits on Processing of Facial Expressions
27. Real faces, real emotions: perceiving facial expressions in naturalistic contexts of voices, bodies and scenes
28. The impact of social gaze perception on attention
29. Neural Substrates of Social Perception
30. Functional and Neural Mechanisms for Eye Gaze Processing
31. Speechreading - what's MISS-ing?
32. Personality impressions from facial appearance
33. Structure, expression, and motion in facial attractiveness
34. Neural encoding principles in face perception revealed using non-primate models
35. Facial perception in nonhuman primates
36. Taking apart the neural machinery of face processing
37. Recognising the faces of other species: What can a limited skill tell us about face processing?
38. The neuro-development of face perception
39. Development of face processing expertise
40. Sensitive periods in face perception
41. Impairments in Face Perception
42. Developmental prosopagnosia: Cognitive, neural, and developmental investigations
43. Face processing in autism
44. Face perception in schizophrenia and mood disorders
45. Delusions and faces

About the author: 

Andy Calder, MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, University of Cambridge; Gillian Rhodes, School of Psychology, University of Western Australia; Mark Johnson, Department of Psychology, Birkbeck College, University of London; Jim Haxby, Dartmouth College, USA

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