A lot of that would heavily depend on their methodology and their definitions. P For instance, if the participant was seated in front of the person conducting the study and this was in the US, a participant might look away from the person because it\’s \”rude\” or \”uncomfortable\” to continue looking at a person when nothing is being said, and it\’s socially acceptable to look up and away when in thought. P The relevance of the study is probably very limited when generally talking about \”thinking\”, and the key feature of the study is the \”left\” vs. \”right\” when telling a truth (or what you believe to be a truth) or a lie.
P And then there are the statistics that they ran and whether or not their findings were truly significant and how they defined \”thought\”. P Basically, from what you\’ve said, I\’d bank on the study being pertinent to situations involving one-on-one questioning such as with police questioning a suspect rather than the thought processes that people have on a daily basis such as all the times I drive to the grocery store and have life-changing revelations without looking up and away from the road. P Still the study of subconscious actions is interesting, and the researchers probably did find something when it comes to people looking in a particular direction when lying than in any other.
Eye movements are associated not just with recalling visual memories, but with imagination, auditory memory, and internal reflection.
Basically, where you move your eyes will be related to what cognitive process you re activating. Here s a basic summary: Eyes Up and Left: Non-dominant hemisphere visualization – i. e. , remembered imagery. Eyes Up and Right: Dominant hemisphere visualization – i. e. , constructed imagery and visual fantasy.
Eyes Lateral Left: Non-dominant hemisphere auditory processing – i. e. , remembered sounds, words, and tape loops and tonal discrimination. Eyes Lateral Right: Dominant hemisphere auditory processing – i. e. , constructed sounds and words. Eyes Down and Left: Internal dialogue, or inner self-talk. Eyes Down and Right: Feelings, both tactile and visceral. Eyes Straight Ahead, but Defocused or Dilated: Quick access of almost any sensory information; but usually visual. Check out this article for more: