Gaze aversion in conversational settings: An investigation based on mock job interview

  • Cengiz Acarturk Department of Cognitive Science, Middle East Technical University, Turkey http://orcid.org/0000-0002-5443-6868
  • Bipin Indurkya Department of Cognitive Science, Jagiellonian University, Poland
  • Piotr Nawrocki Department of Computer Science, Electronics and Telecommunications, AGH University of Science and Technology, Poland
  • Bartlomiej Sniezynski Department of Computer Science, Electronics and Telecommunications, AGH University of Science and Technology, Poland
  • Mateusz Jarosz Department of Computer Science, Electronics and Telecommunications, AGH University of Science and Technology, Poland
  • Kerem Alp Usal Department of Cognitive Science, Middle East Technical University, Turkey
Keywords: Gaze in conversation, gaze aversion, face contact, Human Human Interaction

Abstract

We report the results of an empirical study on gaze aversion during dyadic human-to-human conversation in an interview setting. To address various methodological challenges in as- sessing gaze-to-face contact, we followed an approach where the experiment was conducted twice, each time with a different set of interviewees. In one of them the interviewer’s gaze was tracked with an eye tracker, and in the other the interviewee’s gaze was tracked. The gaze sequences obtained in both experiments were analyzed and modeled as Discrete-Time Markov Chains. The results show that the interviewer made more frequent and longer gaze contacts compared to the interviewee. Also, the interviewer made mostly diagonal gaze aversions, whereas the interviewee made sideways aversions (left or right). We discuss the relevance of this research for Human-Robot Interaction, and discuss some future research problems.

Published
2021-05-19
How to Cite
Acarturk, C., Indurkya, B., Nawrocki, P., Sniezynski, B., Jarosz, M., & Usal, K. A. (2021). Gaze aversion in conversational settings: An investigation based on mock job interview. Journal of Eye Movement Research, 14(1). https://doi.org/10.16910/jemr.14.1.1
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