Watch where you’re watching! Apparently, where your eyes look can be used to predict things about your personality. Could this be the personality test of the future? Neil and Rob discuss how your eyes predict your personality and teach you related vocabulary.

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47 Comments

ShivaKumar M

May 13, 2020

Unconstrained – it is uncontrollable and free without any restrictions or control..
Gaze – looking at something steadily for long time.

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Thùy Dung

May 13, 2020

Some useful vocabulary I learn:
extrovert
introvert
gaze
figure out
unconstrained
Thank you for the video !

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faunbudweis

May 13, 2020

isnt acronym and initialism the same?

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Elizabeth Armada

May 13, 2020

it's more comfortable for me when I'm reading the vocabulary words than listening to them…I couldn't memorize all of them

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Kate C

May 13, 2020

Any differences between acronym and initialism?

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Akram Wahba

May 13, 2020

Thanks for your good job keyara

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Roxanah

May 13, 2020

BBC learning english always brings something interesting yet informative also. Thanks for the efforts

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pratik ojha

May 13, 2020

Rob is always wrong..

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Mai Lê Thị Xuân

May 13, 2020

Am I the only one who find the volume quite soft? I turn it up to the maximum level but it's not clear enough

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drive 95

May 13, 2020

Sabrina Hoppe is German

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サウスポー

May 13, 2020

Introvert people have personality who look down own shoes but extrovert people have personality who look Someone’s face.
I think the same idea on 6MinuteEnglish.

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Kausar Channa

May 13, 2020

Neil
Hello and welcome to 6 Minute English. I'm Neil.

Rob
And I'm Rob.

Neil
Now, Rob, would you say that you are an introvert or an extrovert?

Rob
What a good question! Well, extroverts are confident in their personality. They're outgoing and comfortable in social situations. So, I would have to say that, if anything, I’m the opposite. I’m more of an introvert. I’m really quite shy. I feel uncomfortable in social situations. For example, if I go to a party, where I don’t know anyone I usually feel very embarrassed and I find it impossible to start conversations with strangers.

Neil
But you do all of this on the radio and videos for Learning English, don’t you? Some would say you have to be an extrovert to do what we do.

Rob
Ah! Well, maybe I’m pretending to be an extrovert to hide the fact that I’m an introvert. It’s quite a common thing, you know.

Neil
Well, it might not be so easy to hide in the future because researchers have developed a computer program that can tell your personality from looking at where you look, by tracking your eye movements.

Rob
Wow! That sounds pretty hi-tech, and scary.

Neil
Well, we’ll learn more shortly, but first a question on the topic of clever computers. The letters 'AI' stand for Artificial Intelligence but what are the letters 'AI'? Are they

A) an abbreviation

B) an acronym, or

C) an initialism?

Rob
OK, I thought that was going to be easy, but I think it’s an abbreviation, isn’t it?

Neil
Well, you’ll have to wait to the end of the programme to find out! Sabrina Hoppe is a researcher at the University of Stuttgart. She was interviewed on the BBC Radio programme All In The Mind. She spoke about an experiment in which they tracked the eye movements of people in real situations. This is what she said about the research. Was she confident the experiment would work in the real world?

Sabrina Hoppe
The main finding in our study is that it is possible at all to just look at eye movements and then predict something about their personality. And before our study, it was not clear at all if this would be possible from eye movements in such an unconstrained real world setting.

Neil

So, was she confident this would work?

Rob
No, not really. She said that before the study it wasn’t clear if it would be possible in an unconstrained real-world setting. Unconstrainedhere means that there wasn’t strict control over the conditions of the experiment. It took place in the ‘real-world’ – so not in a laboratory.

Neil
The result of the experiment – or the finding, as she called it – was that by following eye movements, a computer programme was able to work out the personality of the subjects. Let’s listen again.

Sabrina Hoppe
The main finding in our study is that it is possible at all to just look at eye movements and then predict something about their personality. And before our study, it was not clear at all if this would be possible from eye movements in such an unconstrained real world setting.

Rob
So how does the software work, for example, what are the differences in the eye movements of extroverts compared to introverts?

Sabrina Hoppe
We still don't really know in detail what makes the difference. We can only tell that there are differences and that we know computer programs that can pick up those differences. Maybe extrovert people look up a lot because they want to look at people's faces, whereas some super introvert person maybe just stares at their own shoes, if you want to take the extreme examples. So, probably it somehow changes gaze. But we only know that this information is there and somehow our program figured out how to extract it.

Neil
So how does it work?

Rob
Well, that’s the strange thing. She said that she didn’t really know, at least not in detail. She did say that our personality somehow changes gaze. Gaze is another word for looking at something. So maybe we gaze in different ways depending on our personality. Extroverts may look up more and introverts, like me, may look down more.

Neil
Yes, it was interesting that she said that she didn’t know how it did it, but the program somehow managed to figure it out. The phrasal verb to figure something out means 'to understand or realise something'.  Time to review today’s vocabulary, but first, let’s have the answer to the quiz question. I asked what are the letters AI? Are they

A) an abbreviation

B) an acronym

C) an initialism

Rob, what did you say?

Rob
I said A) an abbreviation.

Neil
Well sorry, no, AI is C), so to speak. It's an initialism. It’s the first letters of the words 'artificial intelligence', but it’s not pronounced like a new word, just the initial letters. Right, time now to review today’s vocabulary.

Rob
Yes. We had the word extrovert. This describes someone who has a very outgoing personality. An extrovert is confident and socially comfortable.

Neil
By contrast, an introvert is someone who is shy and not comfortable in social situations and doesn’t like being the centre of attention.

Rob
Our report today talked about the findings of some new research. A finding is something that has been learnt, discovered or indeed, found out. It is the conclusion that is reached.

Neil
Then we had unconstrained to describe the experiment which was not carried out in a controlled environment. So unconstrainedmeans 'not limited or restricted'.

Rob
Our next word was gaze. This is a word that means 'our way of looking at something'.

Neil
Yes, the findings of the research suggest that our personality can affect our gaze.

Rob
And this was something the computer was able to figure out. To figure out means 'to study something and reach an answer to a particular question or problem'.

Neil
Right! Well, you know what I’ve just figured out?

Rob
Do tell!

Neil
It’s time to bring this edition of 6 Minute English to an end. We hope you can join us again, but until then we are bbclearningenglish.com and you can find us on social media, online and on our app. Bye for now.

Rob

Bye-bye!

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Hồng Liên Nguyễn

May 13, 2020

Introvert-extrovert
Embarrassed
Personality
Hi-tech
Artificial intelligence
Unconstrained
Gaze
Figure out
Finding

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Jani Moon

May 13, 2020

Sorry to say that vocal fry shouldn't be part of a BBC teaching programme. It's really disgusting.

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Alsha Joseph Alsha joseph

May 13, 2020

I love this program thankyou verymuch

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Elen and Mary Grigoryand

May 13, 2020

Thanks for interesting information

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Hồng Liên Nguyễn

May 13, 2020

I'm more of an introvert. I'm really quite shy. I feel uncomfortable in social situations. Example, when I go to a party where I don't know anyone, I feel embarrassed.

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Assistant Fondation René Touraine

May 13, 2020

Great video. Just a little mistake in your definitions of extrovert and introvert : an introvert is not necessarily shy and a extrovert can have a quiet attitude. The definition is more about people's energy in contact with other people, not really about shyness.

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Ameneh S

May 13, 2020

By watching your video I figured out what is difference between introvert and extrovert.
Thank you so much 💕

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Taciana K Gonzaga

May 13, 2020

Awesome!

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reduan ahmed anik

May 13, 2020

Neil
Hello and welcome to 6 Minute English. I'm Neil.

Rob
And I'm Rob.

Neil
Now, Rob, would you say that you are an introvert or an extrovert?

Rob
What a good question! Well, extroverts are confident in their personality. They're outgoing and comfortable in social situations. So, I would have to say that, if anything, I’m the opposite. I’m more of an introvert. I’m really quite shy. I feel uncomfortable in social situations. For example, if I go to a party, where I don’t know anyone I usually feel very embarrassed and I find it impossible to start conversations with strangers.

Neil
But you do all of this on the radio and videos for Learning English, don’t you? Some would say you have to be an extrovert to do what we do.

Rob
Ah! Well, maybe I’m pretending to be an extrovert to hide the fact that I’m an introvert. It’s quite a common thing, you know.

Neil
Well, it might not be so easy to hide in the future because researchers have developed a computer program that can tell your personality from looking at where you look, by tracking your eye movements.

Rob
Wow! That sounds pretty hi-tech, and scary.

Neil
Well, we’ll learn more shortly, but first a question on the topic of clever computers. The letters 'AI' stand for Artificial Intelligence but what are the letters 'AI'? Are they

A) an abbreviation

B) an acronym, or

C) an initialism?

Rob
OK, I thought that was going to be easy, but I think it’s an abbreviation, isn’t it?

Neil
Well, you’ll have to wait to the end of the programme to find out! Sabrina Hoppe is a researcher at the University of Stuttgart. She was interviewed on the BBC Radio programme All In The Mind. She spoke about an experiment in which they tracked the eye movements of people in real situations. This is what she said about the research. Was she confident the experiment would work in the real world?

Sabrina Hoppe
The main finding in our study is that it is possible at all to just look at eye movements and then predict something about their personality. And before our study, it was not clear at all if this would be possible from eye movements in such an unconstrained real world setting.

Neil

So, was she confident this would work?

Rob
No, not really. She said that before the study it wasn’t clear if it would be possible in an unconstrained real-world setting. Unconstrained here means that there wasn’t strict control over the conditions of the experiment. It took place in the ‘real-world’ – so not in a laboratory.

Neil
The result of the experiment – or the finding, as she called it – was that by following eye movements, a computer programme was able to work out the personality of the subjects. Let’s listen again.

Sabrina Hoppe
The main finding in our study is that it is possible at all to just look at eye movements and then predict something about their personality. And before our study, it was not clear at all if this would be possible from eye movements in such an unconstrained real world setting.

Rob
So how does the software work, for example, what are the differences in the eye movements of extroverts compared to introverts?

Sabrina Hoppe
We still don't really know in detail what makes the difference. We can only tell that there are differences and that we know computer programs that can pick up those differences. Maybe extrovert people look up a lot because they want to look at people's faces, whereas some super introvert person maybe just stares at their own shoes, if you want to take the extreme examples. So, probably it somehow changes gaze. But we only know that this information is there and somehow our program figured out how to extract it.

Neil
So how does it work?

Rob
Well, that’s the strange thing. She said that she didn’t really know, at least not in detail. She did say that our personality somehow changes gaze. Gaze is another word for looking at something. So maybe we gaze in different ways depending on our personality. Extroverts may look up more and introverts, like me, may look down more.

Neil
Yes, it was interesting that she said that she didn’t know how it did it, but the program somehow managed to figure it out. The phrasal verb to figure something out means 'to understand or realise something'. Time to review today’s vocabulary, but first, let’s have the answer to the quiz question. I asked what are the letters AI? Are they

A) an abbreviation

B) an acronym

C) an initialism

Rob, what did you say?

Rob
I said A) an abbreviation.

Neil
Well sorry, no, AI is C), so to speak. It's an initialism. It’s the first letters of the words 'artificial intelligence', but it’s not pronounced like a new word, just the initial letters. Right, time now to review today’s vocabulary.

Rob
Yes. We had the word extrovert. This describes someone who has a very outgoing personality. An extrovert is confident and socially comfortable.

Neil
By contrast, an introvert is someone who is shy and not comfortable in social situations and doesn’t like being the centre of attention.

Rob
Our report today talked about the findings of some new research. A finding is something that has been learnt, discovered or indeed, found out. It is the conclusion that is reached.

Neil
Then we had unconstrained to describe the experiment which was not carried out in a controlled environment. So unconstrained means 'not limited or restricted'.

Rob
Our next word was gaze. This is a word that means 'our way of looking at something'.

Neil
Yes, the findings of the research suggest that our personality can affect our gaze.

Rob
And this was something the computer was able to figure out. To figure out means 'to study something and reach an answer to a particular question or problem'.

Neil
Right! Well, you know what I’ve just figured out?

Rob
Do tell!

Neil
It’s time to bring this edition of 6 Minute English to an end. We hope you can join us again, but until then we are bbclearningenglish.com and you can find us on social media, online and on our app. Bye for now.

Rob

Bye-bye!

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Rizqy Amanatul Husna Pamungkas

May 13, 2020

Neil
Hello and welcome to 6 Minute English. I'm Neil.

Rob
And I'm Rob.

Neil
Now, Rob, would you say that you are an introvert or an extrovert?

Rob
What a good question! Well, extroverts are confident in their personality. They're outgoing and comfortable in social situations. So, I would have to say that, if anything, I’m the opposite. I’m more of an introvert. I’m really quite shy. I feel uncomfortable in social situations. For example, if I go to a party, where I don’t know anyone I usually feel very embarrassed and I find it impossible to start conversations with strangers.

Neil
But you do all of this on the radio and videos for Learning English, don’t you? Some would say you have to be an extrovert to do what we do.

Rob
Ah! Well, maybe I’m pretending to be an extrovert to hide the fact that I’m an introvert. It’s quite a common thing, you know.

Neil
Well, it might not be so easy to hide in the future because researchers have developed a computer program that can tell your personality from looking at where you look, by tracking your eye movements.

Rob
Wow! That sounds pretty hi-tech, and scary.

Neil
Well, we’ll learn more shortly, but first a question on the topic of clever computers. The letters 'AI' stand for Artificial Intelligence but what are the letters 'AI'? Are they

A) an abbreviation

B) an acronym, or

C) an initialism?

Rob
OK, I thought that was going to be easy, but I think it’s an abbreviation, isn’t it?

Neil
Well, you’ll have to wait to the end of the programme to find out! Sabrina Hoppe is a researcher at the University of Stuttgart. She was interviewed on the BBC Radio programme All In The Mind. She spoke about an experiment in which they tracked the eye movements of people in real situations. This is what she said about the research. Was she confident the experiment would work in the real world?

Sabrina Hoppe
The main finding in our study is that it is possible at all to just look at eye movements and then predict something about their personality. And before our study, it was not clear at all if this would be possible from eye movements in such an unconstrained real world setting.

Neil

So, was she confident this would work?

Rob
No, not really. She said that before the study it wasn’t clear if it would be possible in an unconstrained real-world setting. Unconstrainedhere means that there wasn’t strict control over the conditions of the experiment. It took place in the ‘real-world’ – so not in a laboratory.

Neil
The result of the experiment – or the finding, as she called it – was that by following eye movements, a computer programme was able to work out the personality of the subjects. Let’s listen again.

Sabrina Hoppe
The main finding in our study is that it is possible at all to just look at eye movements and then predict something about their personality. And before our study, it was not clear at all if this would be possible from eye movements in such an unconstrained real world setting.

Rob
So how does the software work, for example, what are the differences in the eye movements of extroverts compared to introverts?

Sabrina Hoppe
We still don't really know in detail what makes the difference. We can only tell that there are differences and that we know computer programs that can pick up those differences. Maybe extrovert people look up a lot because they want to look at people's faces, whereas some super introvert person maybe just stares at their own shoes, if you want to take the extreme examples. So, probably it somehow changes gaze. But we only know that this information is there and somehow our program figured out how to extract it.

Neil
So how does it work?

Rob
Well, that’s the strange thing. She said that she didn’t really know, at least not in detail. She did say that our personality somehow changes gaze. Gaze is another word for looking at something. So maybe we gaze in different ways depending on our personality. Extroverts may look up more and introverts, like me, may look down more.

Neil
Yes, it was interesting that she said that she didn’t know how it did it, but the program somehow managed to figure it out. The phrasal verb to figure something out means 'to understand or realise something'.  Time to review today’s vocabulary, but first, let’s have the answer to the quiz question. I asked what are the letters AI? Are they

A) an abbreviation

B) an acronym

C) an initialism

Rob, what did you say?

Rob
I said A) an abbreviation.

Neil
Well sorry, no, AI is C), so to speak. It's an initialism. It’s the first letters of the words 'artificial intelligence', but it’s not pronounced like a new word, just the initial letters. Right, time now to review today’s vocabulary.

Rob
Yes. We had the word extrovert. This describes someone who has a very outgoing personality. An extrovert is confident and socially comfortable.

Neil
By contrast, an introvert is someone who is shy and not comfortable in social situations and doesn’t like being the centre of attention.

Rob
Our report today talked about the findings of some new research. A finding is something that has been learnt, discovered or indeed, found out. It is the conclusion that is reached.

Neil
Then we had unconstrained to describe the experiment which was not carried out in a controlled environment. So unconstrainedmeans 'not limited or restricted'.

Rob
Our next word was gaze. This is a word that means 'our way of looking at something'.

Neil
Yes, the findings of the research suggest that our personality can affect our gaze.

Rob
And this was something the computer was able to figure out. To figure out means 'to study something and reach an answer to a particular question or problem'.

Neil
Right! Well, you know what I’ve just figured out?

Rob
Do tell!

Neil
It’s time to bring this edition of 6 Minute English to an end. We hope you can join us again, but until then we are bbclearningenglish.com and you can find us on social media, online and on our app. Bye for now.

Rob

Bye-bye!

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Ayaansh Bhatheja

May 13, 2020

I praise the aid you are providing to people in learning English through YouTube, podcast etcetera. I want to give a suggestion that the new worlds introduced in audio/video should spelled also to get a far more clearer understanding.

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Hồng Liên Nguyễn

May 13, 2020

I'm an introvert

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Ann Ghazarian

May 13, 2020

Hello and thank you from Armenia👍👍🇦🇲

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G. Fernando

May 13, 2020

I like so much BBC learn English I've been working to improve my skills in English and it's really works, usually I spend a long time trying to speak English perfectly and I'm good. I'm a teenager from Brazil…

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Max Roe

May 13, 2020

english is so difficult for me especially for me Cause I cannot find a person to talk with me in English,

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Ranpo

May 13, 2020

6 minutes and 33 second.

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Linh Khánh

May 13, 2020

Pls help to make subtitle for those videos with many thanks!

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My Quách

May 13, 2020

I wonder that a connection of initialism AI with this topic. Sorry, i'm not good at E.

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anna bella

May 13, 2020

What is the difference ?
Abbreviation,acronym and initialism

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Олена Юр

May 13, 2020

Hello from Ukraine!🇺🇦

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Bruce Zhang

May 13, 2020

thank you very much.

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tgchan

May 13, 2020

Thank you, BBC. 💚

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cerezapara tumesa

May 13, 2020

So I extroverted 😉

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위은경

May 13, 2020

I looked up 'initialism' on Internet dictionary. It says 'initialism' is the same meaning with 'acronym'. I`m so confused. I`d be grateful if you explain. Cheers~

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Kerkeni Khouloud

May 13, 2020

please what is the difference between take care and take care of ?

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ahamed mohamed

May 13, 2020

Great as usual as I have been expecting, well done guys

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Alex Klatt

May 13, 2020

Do tell?

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Alex Klatt

May 13, 2020

AI = artificial insemination?

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ismail k

May 13, 2020

Thank you

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Ольга Мишульская

May 13, 2020

Thank you a lot!

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mariam kamal

May 13, 2020

If you are an introvert, don't try to be an extrovert and vice versa . Just be yourself.

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Islamic Research And Propagation Centre

May 13, 2020

Very helpful channel to learn English language.

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Teresa

May 13, 2020

interesting 😍😍🌍 Leaning English

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Jakkrapat Khiawdee

May 13, 2020

True! Shy people often don't have eye contact. They look down more, sometimes look up more.
For example, in an interview room, introverts look down a carpet or even look up the wall, the ceiling…

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Mamy Mimma

May 13, 2020

Your voices are so pleasant to listen to 👍

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