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Listening to a conversation with aggressive content expands the interpersonal space.

Vagnoni, E., Lewis, J., Tajadura-JimeÂnez, A. and Cardini, F., 2018. Listening to a conversation with aggressive content expands the interpersonal space. PLoS One, 13 (3), e0192753.

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The distance individuals maintain between themselves and others can be defined as ‘interpersonal space’. This distance can be modulated both by situational factors and individual characteristics. Here we investigated the influence that the interpretation of other people interaction, in which one is not directly involved, may have on a person’s interpersonal space. In the current study we measured, for the first time, whether the size of interpersonal space changes after listening to other people conversations with neutral or aggressive content. The results showed that the interpersonal space expands after listening to a conversation with aggressive content relative to a conversation with a neutral content. This finding suggests that participants tend to distance themselves from an aggressive confrontation even if they are not involved in it. These results are in line with the view of the interpersonal space as a safety zone surrounding one’s body.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:Funding: ATJ was supported by RYC-2014–15421 and PSI2016-79004-R (“MAGIC SHOES: Changing sedentary lifestyles by altering mental bodyrepresentation using sensory feedback”; AEI/ FEDER, UE), Ministerio de Economı´a, Industria y Competitividad of Spain
Group:Faculty of Science & Technology
ID Code:33533
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:02 Mar 2020 12:54
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 14:20


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