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eye contact

Looking the listener in the eye while talking to him. Generally a natural, although not a constant interaction, of the speaker's eyes with the listener's eyes. Maintaining eye contact is considered a technique in stuttering therapy recommended to help the stutterer combat feelings of shame, embarrassment or inadequacy.

Definition reprinted with permission from Hood, Stephen B. (editor) available from Stuttering Foundation of America: Stuttering Words (Publication No 2: Speech Foundation of America)