The purpose of this study was to fill a gap in clinical literature regarding eye contact behavior of children who are developing typically in order to inform clinical practice. The data used for this project was taken from a larger research study being conducted by Murray State University speech-language pathology faculty designed to understand eye behavior of typically developing children during adult-child interaction. For this thesis, a non-experimental design was used to explore the relationship among eye-behavior, communication style and talkativeness. Parent surveys were used to determine the communication style and talkativeness rating of 26 typically developing children ages 5-8 years of age. Eye contact duration was measured using Tobii 2 Glasses, which children wore during a physical play activity with the researcher. There were not significant differences among the eye behavior of children based on ratings of communication style or talkativeness. The results are discussed in the context of understanding how motivation and partner familiarity influence communication interaction including eye contact.
Year manuscript completed
Year degree awarded
communication styles, eye contact, talkativeness
Master of Science
College of Education & Human Services
Thesis - Murray State Access only
Sharpe, Alexandria J., "Eye Contact in Differing Communication Styles" (2017). Murray State Theses and Dissertations. 12.