Eye contact not always best in argument: Study

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When in an argument, you may not want to look the other person in the eye if you want them to agree with you.

A new study in the journal Psychological Science says making eye contact with someone who disagrees with you may make them more resistant to persuasion.

Study participants were asked to watch a video and look at a speaker's eyes. Researchers found the participants who initially disagreed with the speaker were less likely to be swayed when looking at the speaker's eyes.

"There is a lot of cultural lore about the power of eye contact as an influence tool," lead researcher Frances Chen said in a release.

"But our findings show that direct eye contact makes skeptical listeners less likely to change their minds, not more, as previously believed."

 


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