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“The original idea behind ‘power posing’ was that holding an expansive pose for two minutes could radically change your life, yielding more powerful behaviors that improved your life. I found this possibility intriguing but also implausible,” explained Joseph Cesario of Michigan State University, the study’s corresponding author.

“One main problem, which we set out to address in our studies, was that the existing evidence for this possibility was not gathered under conditions that matched how people might use the poses in the real world. We found no effects of ‘power posing’ under conditions that might be most likely to exist in the real world, outside the laboratory setting.”

The new study of 570 undergraduates failed to find any evidence that power poses had beneficial effects on risk-taking, abstract thinking or negotiating. The study was published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science.

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