Table 1.

Personal space size and permeability

SubjectExperimenterPersonal space size (cm)Personal space permeability
D1D2
MaleMale58.6 ± 38.528.3 ± 21.958.4 ± 17.9%
Female53.6 ± 23.619.4 ± 12.368.9 ± 15.5%
FemaleMale68.2 ± 25.030.8 ± 13.555.6 ± 8.9%
Female52.0 ± 21.223.4 ± 11.955.7 ± 9.5%
  • Average personal space sizes (Distance 1, D1) and personal space permeability (mean ± SD) of the male (n = 10) and female (n = 10) subjects in response to male and female experimenters as determined by the Stop Distance Paradigm (see Materials and Methods) are listed. Distance 2 (D2) is used to calculate the permeability of personal space.