I'm dominating you. Look at my eyes...

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Have I dominated you yet?

This is why I walk around staring at people - World Domination.

For the study, participants watched a computer screen while a series of colored ovals appeared. Below each oval were blue, green, and red dots; they were supposed to look away from the oval to the dot with the same color. What they didn't know was that for a split-second before the colored oval appeared, a face of the same color appeared, with either an angry, happy, or neutral expression. So the researchers were testing how long it took for people to look away from faces with different emotions. Participants also completed a questionnaire that reflected how dominant they were in social situations.

People who were more motivated to be dominant were also slower to look away from angry faces, while people who were motivated to seek rewards gazed at the happy faces longer. In other words, the assumptions were correct--for people who are dominant, engaging in gaze contests is a reflex.

My question though... is staring just evidence of dominance or does it cause dominance as well?

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