Conformity in rock-paper-scissors tends to reduce interpersonal space

[Speaker] Takahashi, Yoshiyuki:1
[Co-author] Ohkita, Midori:1, Sawa, Kosuke:1
1:Senshu University (Japan)

We examined whether conformity in "rock-paper-scissors" game playing influence interpersonal interaction behavior, that is, the extent to which participants voluntarily approached experimenters, measured by proximal distance (interpersonal space). Participants looked at the movie that experimenter play the game and his strategy was biased (e.g., "rock" was showed four times as much as the others). In Draw condition, participants were required to play the game against the movie, and to present their hands leading to a draw (conformity). In Count condition, participants counted the number of times that each hand (i.e., rock, paper, and scissors) occurred without playing the game. There were three sessions per condition (24 trials/session) and interpersonal space between participant and experimenter was measured in each session. Interpersonal space tended to be greater in the Count than the Draw condition. This suggests that conformity influenced interpersonal interaction behaviors.
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