- Title Pages
- Chapter 1 What is this thing called beauty?
- Chapter 2 Captivating faces
- Chapter 3 The measure of facial beauty
- Chapter 4 The body beautiful
- Chapter 5 How the brain works
- Chapter 6 Brains behind beauty
- Chapter 7 Evolving beauty
- Chapter 8 Beautiful landscapes
- Chapter 9 Numbering beauty
- Chapter 10 The illogic of beauty
- Chapter 1 What is this thing called pleasure?
- Chapter 2 Food
- Chapter 3 Sex
- Chapter 4 Money
- Chapter 5 Liking, wanting, learning
- Chapter 6 The logic of pleasure
- Chapter 1 What is this thing called art?
- Chapter 2 Art
- Chapter 3 Descriptive science of the arts
- Chapter 4 Experimental science of the arts
- Chapter 5 Conceptual art
- Chapter 6 The roots of art
- Chapter 7 Evolving minds
- Chapter 8 Evolving art
- Chapter 9 Art
- Chapter 10 The serendipity of art
- Books (that I found useful)
- (p.6) Chapter 2 Captivating faces
- The Aesthetic Brain
- Oxford University Press
How do we decide if media manipulations or other cultural contrivances brainwash us into accepting sometimes impossible standards of beauty? Can responses to beauty be disentangled from the way the media and our culture more generally mold our tastes? Or are these responses hard-wired and universal? Two research strategies help address these questions. The first is to see if people, especially when they are from different cultures, share opinions about beauty. The second is to see if babies, before their awareness has been shaped by culture, respond to beauty and faces in the same way as adults.
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