Power Pose: The Glass is Half Full?

Recently, another sensational study from social psychology came under renewed criticism.  The study, “Power Posing: Brief Nonverbal Displays Affect Neuroendocrine Levels and Risk Tolerance” , published in Psychological Science in 2010 by Dana Carney, Amy Cuddy, and Andy Yap claimed that adopting a “power pose” caused biological and psychological changes that made a person “more powerful”, in both fact and feeling.  What makes this case particularly interesting is that this time, the dissenting opinion came from none other than the lead author of the study, Dana Carney.  How Carney came around to change her mind about the reliability of her findings is quite interesting, and dare we say, hopeful?  Replication played a role, as did increased awareness of good research practices. To read more, click here.

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