proxemics

(noun) The study of physical space as part of nonverbal communication in different situations.

Example: Researching the physical distance between two individuals during a conversation.

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  • Edward Hall (1914–2009) developed the concept of proxemics and tacit culture. Hall studied the distances between people during conversations and categorized four distinct distances: intimate, personal, social, and public.

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