chapter  8
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Teaching about Spatial and Nonverbal Behavior

Research and theory on personal space has stressed the importance of personal space norms in regulating the intimacy of interpersonal interaction (Aiello & Thompson, 1980). In this regard, personal space norms can be seen as one of a number of interdependent nonverbal intimacy cues, including eye contact (Argyle & Dean, 1965), body orientation (Aiello, 1972), and topic intimacy (Bak巳r& Shaw, 1980). This intimacy regulating function can be demons位ated to students through a s位aightforward activity that allows students to see how their personal space needs vary depending on the relative level of intricacy of other components of the interaction.