The science of dating

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At the same time, if you feel like someone is trying to “sell” you on something you’re not all that interested in, then focus on making eye contact.This will make you less susceptible to a deceptive sales pitch.

On the other hand, if someone already agreed with what was being said, they were likely to agree even more if they made steady, prolonged eye contact with the speaker.

And that’s the focus of this piece: five things every person should know about the science of eye contact, the benefits of mastering it, and how to make the most of your gaze. Using the latest in eye-tracking technology, Frances Chen (now an assistant professor at the University of British Columbia) and her team of researchers found that the more eye contact subjects made with a video while they listened, the less likely they were to believe what was being said. First, the study involved people watching videos about controversial subjects.

Eye contact can make people more resistant to persuasion. Participants who disagreed with the viewpoint they were listening to were less likely to be persuaded by someone the more eye contact they made with the speaker.

Eye contact is one of the easiest and most powerful ways to make a person feel recognized, understood and validated.

The simple act of holding someone’s gaze — whether it’s a new girl, a prospective employer or an old friend — has the power to ignite or deepen a relationship.

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