Saturday, January 22, 2005

Look At Me! Visual Overload with Eye Contact in Young Children

When we prompt young children to "look at your teacher", "look at me when your talking", etc etc, it's helpful for us to remember this study which found that having to look at faces put extra demands on both auditory and visual memory tasks. Children have poor eye contact for many different reasons - including working memory overload and eye or brain-related visual problems.

When most elementary school children are asked what they think we mean when we ask them to pay attention, most say they think they should be looking at the teacher. It's ironic to think that sometimes looking at the teacher will mean a child will be able to remember less!

Visual Overload

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