Chances are they were looking at your mouth. Or your ear.
Yes, eye contact might be all in our heads, according to new research by Edith Cowan University.
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Using eye tracking technology, ECU researchers have demonstrated that people don't need to mindfully look at the eyes of their audience to be perceived as making eye contact during face-to-face conversation. Simply gazing somewhere around the face or head will suffice.
Lead author Dr Shane Rogers, from the School of Arts and Humanities, said for people who experience social anxiety when gazing specifically at another person's eyes -- or when being looked at -- this finding will be welcome news.
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"Maintaining strong eye contact is widely accepted to be an important communication skill in western cultures," Dr Rogers said.
"People believe if you aren't willing to engage in soul-to-soul mutual eye contact then you are at best lacking in confidence, at worst, untrustworthy.
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"However, the reverence devoted to eye contact is not supported by scientific evidence," he said.
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