AN INVESTIGATION OF EYE GAZE AND ITS RELATION TO SELECTED VERBAL BEHAVIOR

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  • DONALD J. CEGALA,

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    1. Ohio State University
      Donald J. Cegala (Ph.D., Florida State University, 1972) is associate professor of communication at Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio 43210. Alison F. Alexander (M.A., University of Kentucky, 1974) is a doctoral candidate at Ohio State University. Sydel Sokuvitz (Ph.D., Ohio State University, 1977) is assistant professor of oral communication at Babson College, Babson Park (Wellesley), Massachusetts. This study accepted for publication September 25, 1978.
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  • SYDEL SOKUVITZ,

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    1. Babson College
      Donald J. Cegala (Ph.D., Florida State University, 1972) is associate professor of communication at Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio 43210. Alison F. Alexander (M.A., University of Kentucky, 1974) is a doctoral candidate at Ohio State University. Sydel Sokuvitz (Ph.D., Ohio State University, 1977) is assistant professor of oral communication at Babson College, Babson Park (Wellesley), Massachusetts. This study accepted for publication September 25, 1978.
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  • ALISON F. ALEXANDER

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    1. Ohio State University
      Donald J. Cegala (Ph.D., Florida State University, 1972) is associate professor of communication at Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio 43210. Alison F. Alexander (M.A., University of Kentucky, 1974) is a doctoral candidate at Ohio State University. Sydel Sokuvitz (Ph.D., Ohio State University, 1977) is assistant professor of oral communication at Babson College, Babson Park (Wellesley), Massachusetts. This study accepted for publication September 25, 1978.
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Donald J. Cegala (Ph.D., Florida State University, 1972) is associate professor of communication at Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio 43210. Alison F. Alexander (M.A., University of Kentucky, 1974) is a doctoral candidate at Ohio State University. Sydel Sokuvitz (Ph.D., Ohio State University, 1977) is assistant professor of oral communication at Babson College, Babson Park (Wellesley), Massachusetts. This study accepted for publication September 25, 1978.

Abstract

Eye gaze avoidance is examined in relation to the occurrence of turn-taking, vocalized pauses, sentence changes, repetitions, “you know,”“like,” sentence fragments, simple sentences, and complex sentences. The results provide support for the hypothesis that people avoid eye gaze when experiencing difficulty in encoding. This finding is discussed in relation to previous research and possible implications for the study of interpersonal communication.

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