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Charlotte Harrison

Social interactions are inherently dynamic and how long a person looks is at least as important as where they are looking. Using psychophysical experiments and eye-tracking, my research aims to investigate how we perceive the duration of gaze. The overall objectives of my thesis are to establish a) what constitutes a comfortable length of mutual gaze, b) whether humans have the ability to precisely time gaze duration, to complement the already documented high sensitivity to gaze direction, and c) to what extent mechanisms for perception of gaze duration are specialised and independent of timing mechanisms for other visual events.

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