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People Watching: Social, Perceptual, and Neurophysiological Studies of Body Perception

Kerri Johnson and Maggie Shiffrar


The human body has long been a rich source of inspiration for the arts, and artists have long recognized the body's special status. While the scientific study of body perception also has an important history, recent technological advances have triggered an explosion of research on the visual perception of the human body in motion, or as it is traditionally called, biological motion perception. Now reaching a point of burgeoning inter-disciplinary focus, biological motion perception research is poised to transform our understanding of person construal. Indeed, several factors highlight a privil ... More

Keywords: human body, body perception, visual perception, motion, biological motion perception, social judgments, friendliness

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780195393705
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195393705.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kerri Johnson, editor
University of California, Los Angeles

Maggie Shiffrar, editor
Rutgers University

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Front Matter

Part I Introduction

Part II Psychophysics

Part III Development and Individual Differences

Part IV Social Perspectives

Part V Neurophysiology

End Matter