There is a common claim that, by looking into the face or eyes of a person, you can see that they have seen combat, or other traumatic events. It is particularly mentioned in movies, songs and poems.


Are there any studies that show if you can indeed see in one's eyes his (traumatic) experiences. If so, is it general trauma, or is it possible you can detect "the desert", "the combat", "killing", etc... in the eyes or face?

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    Welcome to Skeptics! This question treads firmly into the Are movie claims notable? territory. What do people think? Is this a claim that the movie producers expect you to believe, or just a fictional (and cliched) way of establishing a character's motivation, like $$$ symbols appearing in a cartoon character's eyes? – Oddthinking Jul 14 '12 at 2:57
  • Well I hear that claim a lot from almost any kind of proffessiols whose job is difficult or dangerous. I think peoples do believe that. – Iznogood Jul 14 '12 at 3:00
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    Excellent. That should help. If you hear it a lot, there shouldn't be much trouble finding a non-fictional example on the web. – Oddthinking Jul 14 '12 at 3:01
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    Well theres: vietmemories.com/hutch2.htm and it took 1 minute. Not the best ref I guess. – Iznogood Jul 14 '12 at 3:04
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    Some anecdotal data, so you can see for yourself. – Oddthinking Dec 24 '12 at 23:06

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