“As human creatures, we are hard wired to recognize subtle, non-verbal cues that communicate all kinds of information about the people around us. This video from Amy Cuddy of the Harvard Business School discusses research that found that just putting our bodies into Power Poses actually can make us more confident and have the bonus feature of making people more receptive to our ideas.” (This quote is from an excellent Gradhacker piece called Empowering Our Grad School Selves by Andrea Zellner.
What’s interesting about Cuddy and her research into power poses is the story behind what motivated it. She and other professors at the Harvard Business School were concerned about the gender differences in participation marks which make up half the grade for classes in the business school. They wanted to know whether women actually spoke less or whether they were just seen as less influential. The clip of Cuddy explaining about power poses and their impact on our perception of one another sounds fascinating. It’s certainly worth watching. I’m going to track down some of the scholarly work because this phenomena clearly has effects also on people with disabilities which would limit one’s ability to assume a power pose.