[Source: Psych Central]
When we look at another person’s face, we take in a flood of information — age, gender, race, expression, even their mood.
Understanding how facial recognition works has great value, particularly for those whose brains process information in ways that make eye contact challenging, including people with autism. Helping people tap into this flow of social cues could be transformational, according to Nicolas Davidenko, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
“Looking at the eyes allows you to gather much more information,” said Davidenko. “It’s a real advantage.”