The Psychology of Eye Contact, Digested | Research Digest


When it comes to deciding whether we trust another person, it turns out that it’s not only a question of how much eye contact they make, but also what we see in their eyes.

Remarkably, it seems that we pay attention at a subconscious level to the behavior of their pupils, and if they dilate – a sign of attraction and emotional arousal – we judge them to be more trustworthy, whereas if they constrict – a sign of fear or feeling threatened – then we judge them less trustworthy.

Also, when we trust a partner with dilating pupils, our own pupils tend to mimic theirs and show similar dilation.

Source: The Psychology of Eye Contact, Digested – Research Digest

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