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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. You'll also need a camera attached to your computer.

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 obesrver has any effect, if emotional closness is involved and if receiveing feedback immediatly after guessing influeces the subject's accuracy.


The process is simple:

  1. When you sign up share your location: this tells us how far apart people are.
  2. Create an experiment and invite people as "observers".
  3. Observers get an email with a link to your experiment.
  4. When everyone's ready, start the experiment.
  5. You must grant permission to use your video camera.
  6. Observers are randomly shown the subject's video.
  7. At the end of the trial the subject guesses if they were observed.
  8. After some trials, the subject receives feedback on whether their guess was correct.