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The Science of Social Vision
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The Science of Social Vision

Reginald B. Adams, Nalini Ambady, Ken Nakayama, and Shinsuke Shimojo


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 close relationship between vision and social interaction, it has become increasingly clear to social psychologists seeking to understand better the functional and neuroanatomical mechanisms underlying social perception that vision plays a critical role in the development and maintenance of social exchange. Likewise, vis ... More

Keywords: mental states, emotional states, vision, social interaction, social perception, stereotype activation, visual cues

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780195333176
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195333176.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Reginald B. Adams, editor
Pennsylvania State University

Nalini Ambady, editor
Tufts University

Ken Nakayama, editor
Harvard University


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