Human Evolution

, Volume 17, Issue 3–4, pp 175–185 | Cite as

Where to sit in a waiting room: density, age and gender effects on proxemic choices

  • Camperio Ciani A. 
  • Malaman M. 


We studied proxemic behaviour in an hospital waiting room by recording who chose to stand and who chose to sit and which chair, row and position. We distinguished sex and two categories of age, mature and old. We found that fenales sit together more easily than males and more frequently chose to sit close, especially mature ones. Males tend to keep more distances from neighbours by standing up. In general, proxemic behaviour in a waiting room seems to be an indicator confirming the sexual startegies in partner choice described in the evolutionary psychology paradigm.

Key words

Proxemic choices Gender study Age study Behaviour 


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  • Camperio Ciani A. 
    • 1
  • Malaman M. 
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept. General PsychologyUniversity of PadovaPadovaItaly

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