A Brief History of the Smile

    A Brief History of the Smile

    Angus Trumble

    Basic 2004

    Hardback 266pp

    9780465087778   Product Code: 96807

    From the Mona Lisa and Laughing Cavalier to toothpaste advertisements, smiles are culturally pervasive, but their meanings change over time and around the world. Trumble explores these nuances and the implications of the leer, the snarl, the smirk and the lewd grin; he also probes behavioural and psychological aspects of this often impulsive act, asking how smiling fosters interpersonal attachments and at what age infants' smiles become an act of communication.

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