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Oculesics

  1. 1. Non-verbal communication
  2. 2.  Oculesics is a technical term for eye contact.  How & how much do we look at others when communicating.
  3. 3. o Eye contact can signal that ; You are paying attention. You respect the person you are speaking with. As well as a variety of different emotions.
  4. 4.  When your lecturer sees the most of his student are not looking at him, he might conclude that you are not paying attention. Or  If your friend share something with you in confidence, your friend may glare at you to signal your transgression.
  5. 5.  Intense of eye contact may also be an attempt to dominate ( Pearson, West, & Turner, 1995)  That’s why we sometimes say things like “if looks could kill” when we saw someone glare at someone else.
  6. 6. Studies show that in Western cultures, talkers hold eye contact about 40% of the time and listeners nearly 70% of the time (Knapp & Hall,2006)  In western culture people also maintain more eye contact when discussing topic their comfortable with.  If the topic is uncomfortable to discuss, they tend to avoid eye contact.
  7. 7.  A majority of people in the U.S & other Western culture expect those with whom they are communicating to “look them in the eyes.” But, direct eye contact is not universally considered appropriate (samovar, Porter, & McDaniel, 2009)  Japan for instance, prolonged eye contact considered rude, disrespectful, and threatening. Similarly in China and Indonesia too much of direct eye is a sign of bad manners.
  8. 8.  Middle Eastern countries, people tend to use continuous and direct eye contact with others to show keen interest.  Native Americans tend to avoid eye contact with superiors as a sign of respect for their authority.  Woman tend to use more eye contact during conversations then men do (wood, 2007)
  9. 9.  THANK YOU

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