Have you ever noticed the way people’s eyes move when you are having a conversation with them? Our eyes can give us clues as to what someone is thinking about when we’re talking to them. This is valuable information when figuring out a persons representational system.
According to neurological research, different eye movements such as vertical and lateral are associated with different parts of the brain. To get an idea of how your eyes move here are a list of questions to ask yourself. Pay attention to where your eyes move even if it is a very quick eye movement.
- What is the color of your front door?
- What will you look like in 15 years?
- What does your favorite music sound like?
- What would your voice sound like if you had marbles in your mouth?
- When you talk to yourself, what type of voice do you use?
- What does it feel like to be in a nice warm bath?
For the first two questions, did your eyes have a tendency to look up and to the right? The next two questions would have brought your gaze to the side and then looking down for the last two questions. In general, when you are making a picture in your mind your eyes will tend to look up to the left or right. For sounds people usually look left or right laterally, and down to the left or right when you talk to yourself.
Here are some more questions you can ask people to see which way their eyes move.
What is the color of the shoes you wore yesterday?
What would your dream house look like?
What does your Mother’s voice sound like?
What would it sound like if you played your two favorite pieces of music at the same time?
What are your thoughts about this article?
What does it feel like to run barefoot through the woods?
Some people’s eyes do not move when you ask them a question. There are a few reasons for this. One would be because some people have a look to talk rule. This means they will keep eye contact with you while explaining something. Another reason someone may not move their eyes would be because of near term memory. This is when someone remembers something so clearly such as their name that they don’t need to search for the answer.
You can also use eye cues to tell if someone is telling you the truth when they are talking to you. If someone is describing something that they have seen or heard then their eyes should move up and to your left, which is visual remembering. If someone is not telling the truth about a story then his or her eyes will move up and to your right, which is visual constructing.
So the next time you are hanging out with your friends see if you can notice any of these eye accessing cues. Or try watching a non-rehearsed television show and see which way their eyes move when they are asked questions.