ERIC Number: ED257734
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Modifiers of Perceived Spaciousness and Crowding among Different Cultural Groups.
Nasar, Jack L.; And Others
Two studies of graduate students living in a 13-story dormitory examined the effects of natural lighting, usable space, sex, culture, and floor height on perceptions of spaciousness, personalization of space, crowding, and lightness. Previous research had indicated differences between males and females in this area, but had not considered cultural differences. Eighty single room residents completed questionnaires about their perceptions of space and crowding. Results indicated that students did not vary by sex in their perceptions of lightness. Variations in usable space produced differences in rated spaciousness, personalization of space via covering walls with decorations, and crowding. Students from Mediterranean cultures judged their rooms as more crowded than did students from Asian cultures. Although the rooms located on higher floors had better views, residents on higher floors reported higher stress levels. More research is recommended and suggestions for possible areas of study are indicated. (Author/IS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Parts of this paper were presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (92nd, Toronto, Canada, August 25-28, 1984).