IDEA #80

Strike a pose, feel the power

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Simply adjusting the way we stand or sit can have an important biological and psychological effect on how powerful we feel.

What you need to know

Researchers from Columbia University and Harvard University ran an experiment where male and female participants were asked to adopt four different poses for one minute each. The poses comprised two ‘high-power’ body positions (sat in a chair, arms behind head and feet up on desk; and standing upright behind a table, legs apart, hands resting weight on the table and leaning forward) and two ‘low-power’ body positions (sat in a chair, feet firmly on the floor, ...

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