Sunday, October 18, 2009

Staring expert named 'visionary'

Two Emory faculty members were named among the “50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World” by the Utne Reader: His Holiness the Dalai Lama, whose vision sparked the Emory-Tibet Science Initiative, and Rosemarie Garland-Thomson, social critic and author of “Staring: How We Look.”

In the first book on the basic human interaction of the prolonged gaze, Garland-Thomson borrows from psychology, biology and imaginative culture to explain why staring is such a powerful impulse. She writes that people with disabilities, who are so often subjected to second looks, can take control by helping to change the perception of starers.

Why are you looking at me like that?
Why we long to look and look too long

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