The British Journal of Psychiatry
A Study of Eye-Contact Changes in Depressed and Recovered Psychiatric Patients
MARY K. HINCHLIFFE, MEREDITH LANCASHIRE, F. J. ROBERTS

Abstract

We have shown a very significant difference between the frequency and length of eye contact in a group of depressed patients. We have adequately controlled for the variable of reinforcement by the interviewer. Eye-contact is therefore a very useful non-verbal cue in the affective change of depression.