Karl Jaspers would be in these days is entirely in his Element: When a communication is a “universal condition of being human”, then the year allows at the end of like no other time of the year, the acting out of our own nature. Christmas parties, Meeting up with friends in the home or visiting tours through the extended family circle – everywhere is talked and talked and talked. Now, after Christmas, can as well occur symptoms the first signs of fatigue. And if you wanted to hang on the new year’s eve party in a lengthy conversation, would some of a communicative Emergency stop button is not inconvenient.

the impetus for the development of subtle variant of such a research paper, which was published in mid-December, scientists at the Max-Planck-Institute for psycholinguistics in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. Is studied the effect of blinking in the direct conversation. Our eyelashes beats more than a mere – approximately 13,500 Times per day practiced Reflex, and then we knew already: We blink less when we are focused, very often we blink, however, in the conversation, and then especially at the end of the content of conversation units. In addition, there is random blinking, and reflex-like, the former is significantly slower Lidschlägen.

The researchers investigated the Hypothesis that the arbitrary blink plays as a visual Feedback a communicative role. For this, you could test people in a virtual reality-based Experiment on questions of avatars answers. The avatars responded during the response either with a combination of a Nod and short Lidschlägen (208 milliseconds), pitch, and long Lidschlägen (607 milliseconds), or they gave no visual feedback. The result: The answers of the Tested were significantly shorter if you responded To with long Lidschlägen, without this to be noticed the Answer. Slow blink to be understood, therefore, unconsciously, as a Signal meaning “I have received from you sufficient information,” the authors conclude. How useful to be able to this message non-verbally communicate! And another pleasing result of the study: This reaction is apparently independent of the empathy of the speaker, what is taken for granted. So little empathic speaker are not otherwise known to ignore the reactions of your audience in favor of expanding its own speech from time to time. The blink Trick should work for eloquent self-performers – whether all this is also true outside of the laboratory, remains to test it in real communication.