The Prince and the Pauper – Chapter Thirty-Three – Fun Fact

In Ch. 33 of The Prince and the Pauper, Miles Hendon experiences a feeling that many of us can probably relate to. The Prince and the Pauper Chapter 33 Fun Fact focuses on…

SENSING SOMEONE WATCHING YOU

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Reference in The Prince and the Pauper

“Miles Hendon saved him the trouble; for he turned about, then, as a man generally will when somebody mesmerises him by gazing hard at him from behind..” (p. 200)

Why do we get this feeling?

  • Our eyes take in more than we realize
    • Our brains can be sensitive to what our conscious awareness isn’t
    • Study in 1974 proved blindsight – patients could still respond to visual stimuli though their visual cortex was destroyed
  • We think ourselves into feeling this way
    • Article from 1898
    • Described the feeling of someone watching you as a self-fulfilling prophecy
    • Feel like you’re being watched; begin fidgeting; people look at you because you are fidgeting, for example
  • Gaze perception
    • Our brains are specialized to draw us to the gaze of others or the direction of their gaze
    • Our brains also generate assumptions about someone’s gaze based on our experiences
    • A study found people tend to assume they are being watched if the visual clues weren’t decisive (for example if a person nearby was wearing dark glasses)

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References

https://www.sciencealert.com/the-science-behind-why-you-think-you-re-being-watched

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20170512-what-causes-that-feeling-of-being-watched

https://www.thecut.com/article/the-psychology-of-feeling-like-youre-being-watched.html

https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/moral-universe/the-feeling-of-being-stared-at/

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