Psychology of Physical Attraction

ISBN-10: 0415422515
ISBN-13: 9780415422512
Edition: 2008
List price: $33.95
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Description: 'The Psychology of Physical Attraction' provides a scientific look at physical attraction, by providing an overview of scholarly work on physical beauty, culture, evolution and other aspects of human attractiveness.

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List price: $33.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 12/20/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 248
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

'The Psychology of Physical Attraction' provides a scientific look at physical attraction, by providing an overview of scholarly work on physical beauty, culture, evolution and other aspects of human attractiveness.

#60;b#62;Viren Swami#60;/b#62; trained as an evolutionary psychologist, and for his doctorate examined the roles that body shape and weight play in judgements of physical attractiveness across cultures. Viren's current research in the area focuses on the influence of evolution, culture, and individual psychology on perceptions of human beauty, and his work has been widely discussed in national and international media. Viren is also currently conducting research in other fields of interpersonal attraction, including identifying predictors of positive body image, the effect of romantic love on partner perceptions, weight-based discrimination, and the history of beauty in art and sculpture. Other current projects include research on sociocultural adjustment among sojourners, and cross-cultural differences in lay beliefs about various topics, including intelligence, conspiracy theories, mental illness, and extraterrestrial life.

ADRIAN FURNHAM is Professor of Psychology at University College, London, UK. He is on the editorial board of a number of journals, has received many awards, and was recognized as the most productive psychologist in the world from 1980 to 1989. He is the author of over 600 journal articles and more than 40 books, including successful, popular management books. He acts as a consultant to a number of bodies including HM Government, British Airways, HBOS and SAP and also a number of multinational corporations. He writes regular columns in The Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Times and is a frequent contributor to BBC radio and television. nbsp; EVGENIYA PETROVA studies Psychology at the University of Bath. She has completed her schooling and studied International Relations and Politics for 2 years in Russia. At school she took part in several essay and literature analysis competitions and was awarded the 2nd and 7th place in the regional and national rounds of Russian literature contest respectively.

List of figures
List of plates
List of tables
Preface
What Pythagoras unleashed upon the world
What is beautiful is good
Darwin, sexual selection and the peacock's tail
The naked woman and man
Of hourglasses and triangles: human body weight and shape
The Venus of Willendorf, Rubens and milking huts
Welcome to the mating market
No one is an island
Getting to know you
What future for physical attraction research?
References
Index

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