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The experiment is simple: one party stares at a video feed of the other at random intervals. As a subject, you must guess if you're being stared at. That's it! The experiment relies on new browser technology for sharing video. Your system is unrecognized and may not be supported.Make sure you're using the latest version of Firefox, Chrome or Opera. Chrome on an Android device will also work. IE and Safari users need to install this plugin first.

We hope to determine if face-on staring is easier to detect or not, and if more observers enhances the effect. We're also interested in whether physical distance between subject and observer has any effect, or if emotional closeness is involved.


  1. An experiment takes less than five minutes.
  2. Please share your location when asked: this tells us how far apart experimenters are.
  3. As the subject you create an experiment and invite others to stare at you as observers.
  4. Observers you invite get an email with a link to your experiment.
  5. You'll still need to schedule a time to experiment with your partners on your own.
  6. There can be more than one observer in the same room, as long as everyone can see the screen clearly.
  7. Observers see either the subject or a random image.
  8. Do more experiments to see how you do with different people.
  9. If your experiment is interrupted for any reason, you can pick up where you left off later.