There is a “strong poses” that change physiological parameters and make a person more confident. Scientists have proven that this is nonsense

There is a “strong poses” that change physiological parameters and make a person more confident. Scientists have proven that this is nonsense

Studies have refuted the thesis of one of the most popular presentations at the TED conference. For 5 years it was viewed 43 million times.

Social psychologist Amy Cuddy is best known for his performance at the TED conference. In 2012, Cuddy, then worked at Harvard business school, spoke about the results of his scientific discoveries: it turns out there were some “power posing”, which can make a person more confident and affect its physiological performance. Her speech was watched by 43 million times, it has become the second most popular in the history of all of the TED conferences. Five years later the opening of the Cuddy was denied.

Body language interested in Amy Cuddy’s already at Harvard business school. This happened after she, along with several other colleagues were invited to a meeting with former FBI agent Joe Navarro, author of a book about body language. During the interview, Navarro drew attention to Cuddy — she fingered the beads and placed his hands the body and said that her gestures indicate uncertainty. At the same meeting Cuddy met his future co-author — a Professor at Columbia University’s Dana Carney, specializing in communication of body language and power.

Cuddy and Carney noted that “pose uncertainty” is very common among students, and those who wrote well written work, but rarely entered into discussions in the classroom. Cuddy and her co-author began to wonder whether or not these students feel more confident if they learn the new language of the body.

To find the answer to this question, Cuddy and Carney conducted an experiment with the participation of 42 students. Half of them they were asked to recline in the chair back and put his feet on the table (that is, to portray the “strong pose”); the other half of the participants were asked to cross your arms (this is considered “weak posture”). After that, students were asked to rate how they feel: we don’t know they have self-confidence and subjective experience of their own strength. In addition, Cuddy and Carney took the subjects saliva samples and measured the levels of cortisol and testosterone before and after the experiment.

It turned out that after the “strong poses” the students were varied and subjective, and physiological indicators. Moreover, after this exercise, they were ready to play a game of chance — roll the dice and try to guess the result.

A study published in 2010, was a breakthrough in the field of social psychology. To it quickly showed interest journalists. Cuddy claimed that her discovery has practical value, because it turns out that using “high-power” can be more confidently to behave on interviews at employment and to make a stronger impression on others. The popularity of this theory has added a performance Cuddy’s TED talk, which subsequently watched 43 million times.

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Unfortunately for Cuddy, her research became popular at a time when academia began to question the validity of the findings of research in the social Sciences. A skeptic, which started the movement for precision in science, ironically, was a classmate Cuddy at Princeton Joseph Simmons.