Gaze aversion: a response to cognitive or social difficulty?

  title={Gaze aversion: a response to cognitive or social difficulty?},
  author={Gwyneth Doherty-Sneddon and Fiona G. Phelps},
  journal={Memory & cognition},
  volume={33 4},
When asked questions, adults and children often avert their gaze at certain points within the interaction, especially when questions are difficult (Doherty-Sneddon, Bruce, Bonner, Longbotham, & Doyle, 2002; Glenberg, Schroeder, & Robertson, 1998). Gaze aversion may be a way of managing the cognitive load associated with the processing of visual environmental information, or it may serve to alleviate a negative social-emotional experience, such as the self-consciousness associated with, for… CONTINUE READING
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