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My social comfort zone: Attachment anxiety shapes peripersonal and interpersonal space.

von Mohr, M., Silva, P. C., Vagnoni, E., Bracher, A., Bertoni, T., Serino, A., Banissy, M. J., Jenkinson, P. M. and Fotopoulou, A., 2023. My social comfort zone: Attachment anxiety shapes peripersonal and interpersonal space. iScience, 26 (2), 105955.

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DOI: 10.1016/j.isci.2023.105955


Following positive social exchanges, the neural representation of interactive space around the body (peripersonal space; PPS) expands, whereas we also feel consciously more comfortable being closer to others (interpersonal distance; ID). However, it is unclear how relational traits, such as attachment styles, interact with the social malleability of our PPS and ID. A first, exploratory study (N=48) using a visuo-tactile, augmented reality task, found that PPS depended on the combined effects of social context and attachment anxiety. A follow-up preregistered study (N = 68), showed that those with high attachment anxiety demonstrated a sharper differentiation between peripersonal and extrapersonal space, even in a non-social context. A final, preregistered large-scale survey (N = 19,417) found that people scoring high in attachment anxiety prefer closer ID and differentiate their ID less based on feelings of social closeness. We conclude that attachment anxiety reduces the social malleability of both peripersonal and interpersonal space.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Behavioral neuroscience; Social medicine
Group:Faculty of Science & Technology
ID Code:38315
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:06 Mar 2023 10:06
Last Modified:06 Mar 2023 10:06


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