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ERIC Number: ED134876
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975
Pages: 17
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The Influence of Proxemic Variables on Dyadic Interaction Between Peers.
Weiss, Michael; Keys, Christopher
This study addresses three issues: (1) the influence of proxemic variables (distance, furniture presence) on dyadic interaction; (2) the consistency between measures of self-disclosure; and (3) the applicability of reciprocity and distance-equilibrium views of dyadic interaction. Dyads of male college students were randomly assigned to one of four conversation situations: no table-close distance, no table-far distance, table-close distance, and table-far distance. Following a structured 20 minute conversation, subjects separated by a table perceived their partners to be better adjusted and felt more distant from their partners. Although both intent to disclose and number of topics discussed were significantly correlated with objectively rated disclosure, neither was highly correlated enough to be considered the functional equivalent of objective ratings. The correlations among dependent measures of disclosure and non-verbal involvement supported a reciprocity rather than a distance-equilibrium hypothesis concerning dyadic interaction. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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