A team of researchers from the University of Stirling in Scotland, led by Gwyneth Doherty-Sneddon have concluded in their recent study, that is to be published in the British Journal of Developmental Psychology, that looking away or gazing from the point of focus would actually increase ones concentration.
In the study that was conducted on a group of 25-year-olds, the researchers instructed the participants to look away when they were asked questions. They observed that the concentration of the participants had increased, which was displayed by an increased ability to perform on mathematical questions. The researchers also found that the chore of looking at a person's face and 'thinking' might be extreme and could cause a physiological response.
Explaining that the surplus of data coming from a person's face could hinder a person from thinking properly, Doherty-Sneddon said, "We are so distracted by the barrage of emotional information transmitted in faces that it stops us from thinking clearly." She further added that this probably would be a good method for adaptation in school so as to enhance the average students performance.