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The Science of Social Vision$
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Reginald B. Adams, Nalini Ambady, Ken Nakayama, and Shinsuke Shimojo

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195333176

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195333176.001.0001

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ContentsFRONT MATTER

Faces, Bodies, Social Vision as Agent Vision, and Social Consciousness

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(p.51) Chapter 3 Faces, Bodies, Social Vision as Agent Vision, and Social Consciousness
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The Science of Social Vision
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Beatrice de Gelder

Marco Tamietto

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195333176.003.0004

This chapter discusses recent findings from research on face and body perception giving special attention to the implications of the findings for social vision. The first section is devoted to similarities between the processes underlying face and body perception. The second section discusses how the perception of faces and bodies is integrated. The third section tackles issues on conscious and nonconscious perception of socially meaningful signals and their neuroanatomical underpinnings. Finally, the relation between social vision and awareness is explored, and notion of social consciousness is developed. Throughout the chapter, the notions of agent vision and social vision are used in the sense made familiar by the expression “night vision” to refer to various devices that expand the normal visual abilities and allows the observer to see in the dark, outside the spotlight of consciousness.

Keywords:   face perception, body perception, social vision, social signals, social consciousness, night vision

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