Scientists believe that the sensation of being watched is actually hard-wired in to our brains.
New research suggests that we are predisposed to assume that someone is staring at us even when nobody is actually doing so. Far from being a 'sixth sense' as some believe, the feeling is actually an evolutionary mechanism for keeping us alert and ready - the brain effectively intervenes to prepare us for potential threats.
"It turns out we're hard-wired to believe others are staring at us," said psychologist Prof Colin Clifford. "A direct gaze can signal dominance or a threat, and if you perceive something as a threat, you would not want to miss it. So simply assuming another person is looking at you may be the safest strategy."
"The feeling that others are watching us is an evolutionary mechanism designed to keep us alert and ready for interaction before it really happens, experts said."
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