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Advances in Psychological Science ›› 2021, Vol. 29 ›› Issue (5): 796-805.doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2021.00796

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A new perspective on spatial interaction research: The effects of multiple social factors

XIAO Chengli, SUI Yuqing, XIAO Suheng, ZHOU Renlai   

  1. Department of Psychology, School of Social and Behavior Sciences, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210023, China
  • Received:2020-07-03 Online:2021-05-15 Published:2021-03-30

Abstract: Spatial interaction is critical for the survival and social interaction of human beings, including domains of language communication and perspective-taking. Traditionally, studies on strategy selection and efficacy of spatial interaction focus on the effects of spatial factors. However, recent studies investigated multiple social factors, including an individual’s social cognitive traits, the partners’ social attributes, and social cues in the spatial environments. Theoretical explanations have been proposed from different approaches. Future studies should endeavor research in the intersection of social and spatial cognition, employ interaction partners varying in social attributes, and aim at constructing a theoretical framework integrating spatial and social factors.

Key words: spatial language communication, perspective-taking, social factors, spatial cognition, social cognition

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