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IUSB students study eye contact


Students at IUSB are challenging social norms. 

They went up to random strangers and asked them to make eye contact with them for as long as possible. Everyone was welcomed to witness the event or participate.

Students say it's uncomfortable, but also a good lesson in the power of non-verbal communication.

"But to actually sit there and just look at someone right in the eyes, without even saying anything you get to kind of know that person, it's a really interesting experience. And it's really an eye opener of how much contact we don't have with each other every day," says Jacob Ellenberger, IUSB junior.

It's a performance art piece crated by Mary Beth Edelson in the 1970's. Visual arts, media and communication students will spend time reflecting on the experience this week.

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