Philosophy of the Arts


No researching the gaze

Exline and Fehr argue that there is no researching the gaze. Not that it is not an important subject for research, it is. They argue that it is impossible not to interfere with the gaze and other people’s responses to it, as a researcher. Either the observer, or the camera, or the one-way mirror all make for intrusions in the intimacy of the exchange of looks.

Exline, Ralp V., and B.J. Fehr. 1982. “The Assessment of Gaze and Mutual Gaze.” In Handbook of Methods in Nonverbal Behavior Research, edited by Klaus R. Scherer and Paul Ekman, 91-135. Cambridge, New
York: Cambridge University Press.

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