Human Facial Expression

Human Facial Expression

An Evolutionary View

1st Edition - August 12, 1994

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  • Author: Alan Fridlund
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483288512

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This unique book provides an integrated view of human facial expressions based on contemporary knowledge about the evolution of signaling across the animal kingdom. Spanning fields that range from psychology and neurology to anthropology and linguistics, it reopens and discusses some of the classic questions in the field, including: What do facial expressions express? What are the relations between facial expressions and our motives and emotions? How did our facial expressions evolve? Are there really innate and universal facial expressions? Human Facial Expression is suitable for graduate and advanced undergraduate use as a text or course supplement. Chapters on the history of interpreting facial expressions, and on Darwin's contributions, set the stage for a thorough discussion of modern evolutionary theory and the biological, cultural, and developmental origins of our facial expressions. The incorporation of recent findings on the syntactics and semantics of animal signaling show the fundamental link of human facial expressions to vocalization and language.

Key Features

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@bul:* Coverage includes methodology in evolutionary research
* Introductory discussion of facial nerves and muscles
* Compares and contrasts emotion vs. behavioral ecology views of facial expressions
* Cross-cultural analysis of similarities and differences in facial expressions
* Reviews paralanguage and gesture


Research professionals, academics, and students in social psychology, personality psychophysiology, and evolutionary psychology; anthropologists and sociologists.

Table of Contents

  • Pre-Darwinian Views on Facial Expression.
    Darwin's Anti-Darwinism in Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals.
    Facial Expression and the Methods of Contemporary Evolutionary Research.
    Mechanisms for the Evolution of Facial Expressions.
    Facial Hardware: The Nerves and Muscles of the Face.
    Facial Reflexes and the Ontogeny of Facial Displays.
    Emotions versus Behavioral Ecology Views of Facial Expression: Theory and Concepts.
    Emotions versus Behavioral Ecology Views of Facial Expression: The State of the Evidence.
    Introduction: Cross-Cultural Studies of Facial Expressions of Emotion.
    Is There Universal Recognition of Emotion from Facial Expression?
    A Review of Cross-Cultural Studies, by James A. Russell.
    How Do We Account for Both Universal and Regional Variations in Facial Expressions of Emotion?
    Facial Paralanguage and Gesture.
    Epilogue: The Study of Facial Displays--Where Do We Go from Here?
    Author Index.
    Subject Index.

Product details

  • No. of pages: 369
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1994
  • Published: August 12, 1994
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483288512

About the Author

Alan Fridlund

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University of California, Santa Barbara, U.S.A.

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