With the upcoming WiHL Power Session on the topic of body language, I wanted to explore the research available on how posture can have tangible effects upon both other people’s perceptions and our very own body chemistry. Dr. Amy Cuddy, an associate professor and researcher at Harvard Business School, gave a TED Talk in 2012 that currently ranks as #2 among the most-viewed TED Talks.
Combining training as a classical dancer with her research on nonverbal behavior and snap judgments, Dr. Cuddy examines how body language can manifest itself in the chemistry of one’s brain. Her comments on the difference between genders in this regard are definitely worth some consideration in light of being a woman in a position of leadership.
Take a quick 20 minutes to check out this really interesting talk, and definitely follow along with her “power poses” (especially as your surprised roommate walks in).
Post by Nicole Haug, a first-year Master of Hospital and Molecular Epidemiology student at the School of Public Health
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