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TUESDAY, Sept. 14, 2021 (HealthDay News)
Seeing eye to eye — literally — makes conversations more appealing, a new study finds.
“Eye contact is really immersive and powerful,” said researcher Sophie Wohltjen, a graduate student in psychological and brain sciences at Dartmouth College.
“When two people are having a conversation, eye contact signals that shared attention is high — that they are in peak synchrony with one another,” Wohltjen said in a college news release.
And while deep in conversation, their pupils dilate in synchrony, the researchers noted.
“As eye contact persists, that synchrony then decreases. We think this is also good because too much synchrony can make a conversation stale. An engaging conversation requires at times being on the same page and at times saying something new,” Wohltjen explained in a college news release. “Eye contact seems to be one way we create