Scientists have recently made tremendous progress in understanding how and why the human brain extracts so much information from faces, but artists have been aware of the phenomenon for centuries and reflected it in their drawing, painting, and sculpture. Vicki Bruce and Andy Young’s unique and fascinating book brings together science and art, to show how our understanding of the science of face perception can inform us about what happens when we look at faces. Each chapter combines state-of-the-art science with computer-manipulated graphics and reproductions of portraits from the extensive collections of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.
This is a highly readable, lavishly illustrated introduction to the science of face perception. It will be of interest to anyone who has ever wondered why faces are so special to us, and how we manage to be so exquisitely sensitive to their nuances.