Reactions to Personal Space Invasion: Experimental Tests of an Attributional Analysis
A series of experiments was conducted to test the hypothesis that reactions to an invasion of personal space would depend on the meaning attributed to the invader’s action. In all three studies, a confederate invaded the personal space of subjects under conditions such that the invasion could either be attributed to dispositions of the invader or to a situational constraint. In two of the three studies, subjects indicated greater discomfort, either by leaving the situation or by self-report ratings of their own feelings, in the conditions where the invasion could be attributed to dispositions of the invader.
KeywordsChoice Condition Personal Space Interpersonal Distance High Density Condition Affective Tone
Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.