Sharpening of peripersonal space during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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serval:BIB_1F8EB3671348
Type
Article: article from journal or magazin.
Collection
Publications
Institution
Title
Sharpening of peripersonal space during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Journal
Current biology
Author(s)
Serino S., Trabanelli S., Jandus C., Fellrath J., Grivaz P., Paladino M.P., Serino A.
ISSN
1879-0445 (Electronic)
ISSN-L
0960-9822
Publication state
Published
Issued date
26/07/2021
Peer-reviewed
Oui
Volume
31
Number
14
Pages
R889-R890
Language
english
Notes
Publication types: Journal Article
Publication Status: ppublish
Abstract
Our social world has been transformed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Beyond the direct impact of the pandemic on physical health, the social distancing measures implemented worldwide to slow down disease transmission have dramatically impacted social interactions <sup>1</sup> <sup>,</sup> <sup>2</sup> . These measures, including orders to stay at home and to maintain a social distance of at least 2 meters, have been essential to limit the spread of the disease, but they have had severe costs for humans as social animals <sup>2</sup> . Right before and right after the adoption of the most stringent measures in Switzerland in Spring 2020, we were conducting a series of experiments to measure the representation of the so-called peripersonal space - the space immediately surrounding our body, where we normally interact with objects and other individuals <sup>3</sup> . We found that the introduction of social distancing measures led to a reduction in the extent of the peripersonal space and enhanced its segregation between individuals, as if the presence of others in close space would activate an implicit form of freezing response.
Keywords
COVID-19/epidemiology, COVID-19/psychology, Humans, Personal Space, Photic Stimulation, Physical Distancing, Switzerland/epidemiology, Touch Perception, Virtual Reality
Pubmed
Web of science
Open Access
Yes
Create date
02/08/2021 10:56
Last modification date
28/09/2021 6:58
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