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ERIC Number: ED080914
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-May
Pages: 12
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Effects of Relative Status on Spacing in a Group.
Little, Steven; And Others
Based on the theory that performance success will equate positively with a feeling of achieved status, this study investigated the effects of achieved status in relation to personal space. It was hypothesized that a person with high achieved status would, given the opportunity, place himself in a position of prominence, and maintain more personal space than would a person with low achieved status. Subjects received performance evaluations on a contrived project, thereby achieving either a high or low status. They were subsequently invited to seat themselves aroung an "art object" where personal space could be determined. The data supported the hypothesis that achieved status affects both the quality and quantity of space occupied in a group situation. These results suggest that success, or at least lack of failure, induces one to assume a position of importance. (Author/LAA)
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Note: Paper presented at the Midwestern Psychological Association Meeting, 9-11 May 1973, Chicago, Illinois