The Science of Social Vision

Hardcover | November 30, 2010

EditorReginald B. Adams, Nalini Ambady, Ken Nakayama

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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 closerelationship between vision and social interaction, it has become increasingly clear to social psychologists seeking to better understand the functional and neuroanatomical mechanisms underlying social perception that vision plays a critical role in the development and maintenance of socialexchange. Likewise, vision scientists have come to appreciate the profound impact people, as social agents, have had on the visual system, acknowledging just how important it is to consider the socially adaptive functions that system evolved to perform. The Science of Social Vision explores the biologically determined to the culturally shaped influences on social vision. Four themes emerge throughout the 25 chapters from leaders in the field. These include: 1) Visually mediated attention moderates complex social interactions and plays a critical role in the development of social cognition; 2) Visual features perceptually determine categorical thinking and have profound downstream consequences including stereotype activation; 3) Perceptual experiences can be directly triggered by visual cues, in which case, visual and social perception are essentially equivalent processes;4) Social factors exert powerful top-down influences on even low-level visual perception, at some times biasing, while at others fine-tuning perceptual acuity. This book heralds the new field of social vision, and showcases the cutting edge and broadly interdisciplinary research that is currently at its forefront. Together the perspectives drawn from these various fields offer unique insight into the origin, adaptive purpose, and cognitive, cultural, andbiological underpinnings of social vision that will help to shape and guide the way we think about and examine social visual perception. The Science of Social Vision will provide a valuable resource for students and scholars across a wide range of fields, including cognitive, developmental, andsocial psychology, vision science, cognitive neuroscience, social neuroscience, and ethology.

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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 closerelationship between vision and social interaction, i...

Dr. Reginald B. Adams, Jr., Assistant Professor at The Pennsylvania State University, received his Ph.D. in experimental social psychology from Dartmouth College. Before coming to Penn State, he was awarded a National Research Service Award (NRSA) from the National Institute of Mental Health to train as a postdoctoral fellow at Harvar...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:512 pages, 10 × 7 × 0.98 inPublished:November 30, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Adams, Ambady, Nakayama, and Shimojo: Introduction1. Zebrowitz, Bronstad, and Montepare: An Ecological Theory of Face Perception2. Martin and Macrae: The Cognitive Capitalist: The Social Benefits of Perceptual Economy3. de Gelder and Tamietto: Faces, bodies, social vision as agent vision and social consciousness4. Park and Kitayama: Perceiving Through Culture: The Socialized Attention Hypothesis5. Adams, Franklin, Nelson, and Stevenson: Compound Social Cues in Human Face Processing6. Langton: Gaze Perception and Visually Mediated Attention7. Isaacowitz and Murphy: Aging Eyes Facing an Emotional World: The Role of Motivated Gaze8. Shimojo, Simion, and Changizi: Gaze and preference - orienting behavior as a somatic precursor of preference decision9. Little and Perrett: Facial Attractiveness10. Russell: Why Cosmetics Work11. DeBruine and Jones: Context-specific Responses to Self-Resembling Faces12. Chakrabarti and Baron-Cohen: In the eyes of the beholder: How empathy influences emotion perception13. Weisbuch and Ambady: Thin-Slice Vision14. Shiffrar, Kaiser, and Chouchourelou: Seeing human movement as inherently social15. Johnson, Pollick, and McKay: Social Constraints on the Visual Perception of Biological Motion16. Changizi and Shimojo: Social Color Vision17. Stokes and Payne: Mental Control and Visual Illusions: Errors of Action and Construal in Race-based Weapon Misidentification18. Blair and Judd: Afrocentric Facial Features and Stereotyping19. O.H. MacLin and M.K. MacLin: The Role of Racial Markers in Race Perception and Racial Categorization20. Rhodes and Jaquet: Aftereffects reveal that adaptive face-coding mechanisms are selective for race and sex21. Atkinson, Heberlein, and Adolphs: Are people special? A brain's eye view22. Savage, Borod, and Ramig: Side Bias: Cerebral Hemispheric Asymmetry In Social Cognition And Emotion Perception23. Beauchamp: Biological Motion and Multisensory Integration: The Role of the Superior Temporal Sulcus24. Farroni and Senju: Specialized Brain for the Social Vision: Perspectives from Typical and Atypical Development