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Unmasking the face by Paul Ekman and Wallace V. Friesen

Writer: Paul Ekman and Wallace V. Friesen
Publication Malor Books
ISBN-13 978-1883536367
Language: English
Genre: Psychology
Best Sellers Rank: #62,503 in Books
Custoer review 4.5/5
Publish Date: 1 January 2015

"Unmasking the Face: A Guide to Recognizing Emotions from Facial Clues" is a book written by Paul Ekman and Wallace V. Friesen. It was first published in 1975 and has since become a classic in the field of psychology.

The book is focused on the study of facial expressions and the emotions that they convey. The authors discuss the importance of facial expressions in communication, and explore the various types of emotions that can be expressed through the face, such as happiness, sadness, anger, fear, and surprise.

Through a series of photographs and illustrations, Ekman and Friesen provide detailed descriptions of the facial muscles and movements that are associated with different emotions. They also offer guidance on how to recognize and interpret these emotions in others, and provide practical exercises and activities for developing one's own facial expression recognition skills.

One of the key contributions of "Unmasking the Face" is its introduction of the Facial Action Coding System (FACS), a method for objectively measuring and analyzing facial expressions. FACS has since become widely used in research on emotions and facial expressions, and has had a significant impact on the study of psychology, anthropology, and neuroscience.

Overall, "Unmasking the Face" is a seminal work in the field of psychology, offering a comprehensive and accessible introduction to the study of facial expressions and emotions. It is an essential resource for anyone interested in nonverbal communication, psychology, or the study of emotions.