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Editor: Stephen Clowney
Univ. of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

The Psychology of Parking Space Ownership


People are triflin':

Three studies showed that drivers leaving a public parking space are territorial even when such behavior is contrary to their goal of leaving. In Study 1 (observations of 200 departing cars), intruded-upon drivers took longer to leave than nonintruded-upon drivers. In Study 2, an experiment involving 240 drivers in which level of intrusion and status of intruder were manipulated, drivers took longer to leave when another car was present and when the intruder honked. Males left significantly sooner when intruded upon by a higher rather than lower status car, whereas females' departure times did not differ as a function of the status of the car.

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Which also indicates (no pun intended) the cycles of history.

Wasn't Underhill Moore (one of the legal realists) criticised for spending too much misplaced energy on carpark studies? See eg:

And I recall a significant criticism in Duxbury, Patterns of American Jurisprudence, ch 2 - saying that Moore was trying to do social science he couldn't or shouldn't.

And yet today ...

Posted by: Thomas Gibbons NZ | May 22, 2012 1:56:23 PM

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