Metaphysics & Psychology
Are eyes really a window to the soul ?
March 23, 2012 | 45 comments
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A new study conducted by Yale University psychologists suggests that most people think so.
Researchers conducted three experiments that involved showing participants images of cartoon characters with a small object drawn next to them. When asked to state which image showed the object closest to the character, most people picked the image showing the object closest to the eyes - the point at which the 'soul' is most frequently thought to be located.
"The indirect nature of our method, and the fact that these judgments are shared by adults and preschoolers, suggests that our results do not reflect a culturally learned understanding … but might instead be rooted in a more intuitive or phenomenological sense of where in our bodies we reside," concluded the researchers.
As the cheesy pickup line suggests, your eyes may really be the window to your soul. According to a new study by Yale University psychologists, most people intuitively feel as if their "self" — otherwise known as their soul, or ego — exists in or near their eyes.
Source: Live Science
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