Maria Thereza Alves

 
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Oculesics, 2008

Video, 11:11 min.
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Oculesics: An Investigation of Cross-Cultural Eye Contact

Alves asked Europeans what did they think if a person did not look them in the eye while conversing. The consensus is that the person is lying, guilty or lacking in courage.

But most non-Europeans view direct eye contact as a sign of aggression and lack of respect.

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