Therefore, it may be unhelpful to look at faces when trying to concentrate and process something else that's mentally demanding.Another study suggests that eye contact (tested in computer-mediated communication) can increase knowledge sharing with a co-worker.Mutual eye contact that signals attraction initially begins as a brief glance and progresses into a repeated volleying of eye contact.In the process of civil inattention, strangers in close proximity, such as a crowd, avoid eye contact in order to help maintain their privacy.In some contexts, the meeting of eyes arouses strong emotions.Eye Contact provides some of the strongest emotions during a social conversation.
In school, when being reprimanded the teacher might say something to the effect of "Look at me when I'm talking to you." At home, if Mom is doing the reprimanding, making eye contact would make the situation far worse.
They also found a negative relationship between eye contact and the duration of crying of the infants; as eye contact increases, crying decreases.
Maternal sensitivity was also shown to be stable over time.
In one study conducted by British psychologists from the University of Stirling among 20 British children at the age five, researchers concluded that among the children in the study, the children who avoid eye contact while considering their responses to questions are more likely to answer correctly than children who maintain eye contact.
While humans obtain useful information from looking at the face when listening to someone, the process of looking at faces is mentally demanding and takes processing.