Eye movement. Believe it or not…
Human beings have a natural tendency to move their eyes in certain directions when using particular brain functions.
Research has been done to prove these are factual in most cases, although nothing as such can be perfectly measured.
If you ask a typical right handed person the questions from below, from your view, these are the directions their eyes will follow:
This indicates visually constructed images as if you ask one to imagine something e.g.:
- Think of a yellow elephant
- Imagine heaven and hell
This indicates visually remembered images as if you ask one to recall memories of past instances e.g.:
- What was your first school like
- How does your father look like
This indicates auditory constructed sounds as if you ask one to mentally create sounds e.g.:
- Try and produce the highest sound pitch possible
- Try to sneeze very loud
This indicates auditory remembered sounds as if you ask one to recall memories of sounds e.g.:
- Remember how your mother’s voice sounds like
- Try to remember your last conversation
This indicates kinesthetic related sensations as if you ask one to recall a feeling generated by physical activity like smell, taste and touch e.g.:
- Do you remember the smell of your feet
- How Coke tastes like
This indicates internal dialogue as if you ask one to imagine or recall verbal communications related instances e.g.:
- Talk to yourself
- Pretend to speak in a foreign accent
On the other hand, if you ask a left handed person these questions, remember to reverse the directions from above.
Take note that these visual accessing cues vary accordingly to different people based on their behavior, some people may show obvious movements while some show tiny.
Last of all, the often called “day dreaming” where the eye movement is stationary or centralized is also a sign of visual accessing.