Study: Make (and Break) Eye Contact to Make Conversation Better

Making eye contact during conversation is just what people do– but a new study finds we do it to keep things interesting.
Dartmouth researcher Sophie Wohltjen explains, “Conversation is a creative act in which people build a shared story from independent voices.
Moments of eye contact seem to signal when we have achieved shared understanding and need to contribute our independent voice.”
Also, making and periodically breaking eye contact keeps people more engaged in conversation in general.