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Children, young people and families, Cognition and perception, Developmental

Don't look now... I'm trying to think

Gwyneth Doherty-Sneddon on the importance of children’s eye gaze.

18 February 2004

What was the name of your first headteacher? Stop and think for a while... did you just look to the heavens for the answer? During difficult cognitive activity, for example remembering information, thinking of an answer to a question, planning what we are going to say, and speaking, we often close our eyes, look up at the sky, or look away from the person we are in conversation with. Adults are very good at switching off from environmental stimulation (both live faces and other sorts of visual display) in order to concentrate better.

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