Face-symbols as psychological tools

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Abstract

The article gives a theoretical analysis of the possibility to regard human face as a study subject in cultural-historical psychology. The author states that such study is quite rightful and potentially fruitful, and concludes that a face is a multifunctional psychological tool (in terms of L.S. Vygotsky). He puts forward a hypothesis that eyes play the most important role in estimating one's physical attractiveness (eyes-hypothesis). The article gives results of several Russian and foreign studies that can be regarded as a proof of the hypothesis.

General Information

Keywords: cultural-historical theory, human face, face symbols, attractiveness

Journal rubric: Theory and Methodology

Article type: scientific article

For citation: Face-symbols as psychological tools. Kul'turno-istoricheskaya psikhologiya = Cultural-Historical Psychology, 2006. Vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 11–17. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)

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