Listening to a conversation with aggressive content expands the interpersonal space

Vagnoni, Eleonora and Lewis, Jessica and Tajadura-Jiménez, Ana and Cardini, Flavia (2018) Listening to a conversation with aggressive content expands the interpersonal space. PLOS ONE, 13 (3). e0192753. ISSN 1932-6203

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0192753

Abstract

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: Journal Article
Keywords: interpersonal space, peripersonal space, threat, emotion, looming sounds
Faculty: Faculty of Science & Technology
Depositing User: Flavia Cardini
Date Deposited: 14 Mar 2018 16:26
Last Modified: 02 Nov 2018 10:58
URI: http://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/702835

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