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It can synchronize activities and convey social dynamics without a gesture or spoken word.
It requires a quick interpretation and explanation of the meaning behind another person's gaze, but the trade-off for the speed of that interpretation is the mistaken understanding of gaze as something that can move things in our environment.
Extramission means “sending out,” and the extramission theory is the belief that vision is a force emitted from the eye. It is an intuitive understanding of vision common among children that persists among many adults.
In contrast, the modern visual theory is called “intromission,” and is based on the notion that vision results from light entering the eyes.
The power of gaze appears in stories and myths throughout the centuries.
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