Have you ever wondered why someone is afraid to look you in the eye? New research that appeared in the British Psychological Society's Research Digest found that looking someone in the eye might make us more physically aware of ourselves, which could be uncomfortable for some.
A research team led by the neuropsychologist Matias Baltazar, found a correlation between making eye contact and feeling self-conscious. That's because when someone's looking right at us, we're more likely to think about what they're seeing.
Thirty-two participants in the study were given a series of positive and negative images on a computer screen and asked to rate their emotional reactions to each. Each image was a photograph of a man or a woman’s face that was either looking directly at the camera, as if making eye contact, or away. The participants were hooked up to a machine that measures the sweatiness of their fingers, to record their emotional reaction.
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