posted on 2018-08-31, 10:57authored byWilliam J. Robins
Various references have been made in technical
and popular literature to the idea that individuals
regulate their external contacts with their surroundings
by maintaining around themselves the intactness
of a sensory–spatial ‘bubble’.
This account investigates the elusive properties
of the human demand for subjective space as arising
from territorial considerations, from perceptual influences,
and from regard for protection of the self-image.
It is suggested that certain subjective space
needs are manifest in highly structured security patterns
of spatial observances. The validity of the
suggestion is supported by descriptions of tests in
which walking observers were confronted with stationary
obstacles to their forward progress.
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A Doctoral Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy at Loughborough University.