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  • Staring at yourself during virtual chats may worsen your mood, research finds

    Photo montage of the researcher’s face reflected in a chat screen with several other people onscreen.

    U. of I. psychology doctoral candidate Talia Ariss and her colleagues found that people who stared at themselves during an online chat tended to experience a lower mood after the conversation, an effect worsened by alcohol consumption.

    Photo by Michelle Hassel


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  • Editor’s notes

    To reach Talia Ariss, email

    To reach Catharine Fairbairn, email

    The paper “Where to look? Alcohol, affect, and gaze behavior during a virtual social interaction” is in press in the journal Clinical Psychological Science and available from the U. of I. News Bureau.