Individual Variation in Perception, Adaptation, and Consequent Crowding

  • Lawrence J. Severy
Part of the NATO Conference Series book series (NATOCS, volume 10)


A predictive model of response to differential density is devel­oped. It is suggested that individual variation in the magnitude of density — consequent social behavior relationships must be researched. The model incorporates individual variation in: the perception of crowding, the stress that perception creates, and adaptation. Crowding results when the density of an environment deviates from appropriate levels. Stress is influenced by situational control and cognitive style. Further, stress increases in proportion to the extent that crowding is perceived as a status rather than a state. Adaptation to status is imperative.


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© Plenum Press, New York 1979

Authors and Affiliations

  • Lawrence J. Severy
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  1. 1. USA and Behavioral Research InstituteUniversity of FloridaBoulderUSA

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