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Finding the preference of interpersonal distance in dyads using a Virtual Environment

Dammann, Malte (2020) Finding the preference of interpersonal distance in dyads using a Virtual Environment.

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Abstract:Using a virtual environment (VE) to study interpersonal distance is a good tool to find the preferred interpersonal distance of individuals. This study used a 2 (distance: 75 cm to 300cm) x 2 (difference in perspective: Bird’s-Eye View vs. Point of View) within-groups design to determine the preference of interpersonal distance. Pairwise comparison was used to decide which distances are similar and preferred and which are less preferred by the participants. The depicted distances ranged from 75cm to 300cm in 25cm increments. It was concluded that there is no difference of perception when changing the perspective. Furthermore, most people preferred smaller distances over larger distances. Both conditions demonstrated that the distances 100cm, 125cm, and 150cm were perceived as most preferred by the participants. Furthermore, the estimation analysis of distances in virtual environment showed that the distances were systematically underestimated by the factor 0.59 in the Point of View condition and 0.61 in the Bird’s-Eye View condition.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
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