Daily News & Analysis:
People who project their personal space too far beyond their bodies, or the norm of arm’s reach, are more likely to experience claustrophobic fear, according to psychologists.
“We’ve found that people who are higher in claustrophobic fear have an exaggerated sense of the near space surrounding them,” said Emory psychologist Stella Lourenco, who led the research.
“At this point, we don’t know whether it’s the distortion in spatial perception that leads to the fear, or vice versa. Both possibilities are likely,” she said.
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