Come together: two studies concerning the impact of group relations on personal space

Novelli, David, Drury, John and Reicher, Steve (2010) Come together: two studies concerning the impact of group relations on personal space. British Journal of Social Psychology, 49 (2). pp. 223-236. ISSN 0144-6665

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Abstract

This paper describes two experiments investigating the impact of group relations on personal space. In Study 1, participants (N=39) in minimal groups were told that they would be interacting with another person. In line with expectations, personal space (as measured by the distance between chairs) was significantly less in the intragroup context than in the intergroup and interpersonal contexts. This finding was replicated in Study 2 (N=80) using an improved experimental design. These results are discussed in terms of developing a self-categorization account of personal space and crowding.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This paper is based on the final year project and DPhil research of a student I supervised. I wrote much of the paper.
Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
Depositing User: David Novelli
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 15:43
Last Modified: 09 Jul 2013 14:47
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/14059
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