How do Eyes transmite communication

Why eye contact?

There's an old myth if you won't look at me I can't trust you. It might be true, might be not. But if they believe it, it's true!

Eye is one of the most important nonverbal channels you have for communication and connecting with other people.

The five conversational functions of the eyes:

(1) regulating turn taking,

(2) monitoring feedback,

(3) signaling thought,

(4) expressing feelings,

(5) communicating the nature of the interpersonal relationship.

Important aspects of gaze

  • looking while talking: This establishes a rapport with the person listening.
  • Looking while listening: This reciprocates the rapport established. This aspect is often used during emotional connections such as flirting.
  • Frequency of glance: This indicated involvement and how invested one is to the conversation.
  • Patterns of fixation: This provides evidence as to where the attention lies.
  • Pupil Dilation: This could often provide proof of interest and boredom.
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Eye Direction

  • Looking to Their Right = Auditory Thought (Remembering a song)
  • Looking to Their Left = Visual Thought (Remembering the color of a dress)
  • Looking Down to Their Right = Someone creating a feeling or sensory memory (Thinking what it would be like to swim in jello)
  • Looking Down to Their Left = Someone talking to themselves

Facts about...

Although eye contact and facial expressions are often linked together, the eyes could transmit a message of their own.

Eye contact is a type of nonverbal communication that is strongly influenced by social behaviour.


Eye contact can indicate how interested a person is in the communication taking place. It could also suggest trust and truthfulness.