ERIC Number: ED182773
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Seat Choices in Libraries and Defensiveness: Three Studies in Territoriality.
Hensley, Wayne E.
A study replicated Robert Sommer's classic work of library table seat choices, showing that people given defensive instructions chose end seats while people given offensive instructions chose middle seats. In a followup study, defensiveness was measured in college students who were asked where they typically sat at library tables. This study found no relationship between defensiveness and seat choices. A third study asked patrons actually seated at public library tables to complete defensiveness scales. The relationship between their seat choice and defensiveness, although in the predicted direction, was not significant. It was concluded from these three studies that territoriality and defensiveness do not seem to be strongly related. (Author/RL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Defensiveness; Seating Assignments; Territoriality
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Central States Speech Association (Chicago, IL, April 10-12, 1980)