An Evolutionary Quirk May Lead to Paranoia (LA Times)

paranoiaAre the eyes on the back of your neck just in your imagination? Possibly. New studies have shown that in cases of uncertainty — such as when someone is wearing sunglasses — we tend to favor the notion that they are looking directly at us… even when they’re not.

“It’s a quirk of evolution, the researchers suggest: Given the possible threat that another poses, better to assume he’s lookin’ at you than to suppose he’s just benignly looking in your direction,” according to the Los Angeles Times.


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