ERIC Number: ED188276
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-May
Reference Count: 0
Crowding and the Sex Variable in the Invasion of Personal Space.
Michelini, Ronald L.; And Others
The effects of crowding and sex on reactions to a side-to-side invasion of personal space were examined. Male or female experimenters violated the personal space of 40 male and 40 female subjects who were sitting at library tables that were either crowded (several persons present) or uncrowded (subjects sat alone). The subjects' body movements, chair movements, and flight (leaving within eight minutes) were recorded. It was found that female subjects reacted to a male invader only in the uncrowded condition, while male subjects reacted to the male invader in both conditions. Reactions to a female invader did not vary significantly across the experimental conditions. (Author/RL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association (St. Louis, MO, May 1-3, 1980).