Assessing the Robustness of Power Posing

  title={Assessing the Robustness of Power Posing},
  author={Eva Ranehill and Anna Dreber and Magnus Johannesson and Susanne Leiberg and Sunhae Sul and Roberto A. Weber},
  journal={Psychological Science},
  pages={653 - 656}
In a growing body of research, psychologists have studied how physical expression influences psychological processes (see Riskind & Gotay, 1982; Stepper & Strack, 1993, for early contributions to this literature). A recent strand of literature within this field has focused on how physical postures that express power and dominance (power poses) influence psychological and physiological processes, as well as decision making (e.g., Carney, Cuddy, & Yap, 2010; Cesario & McDonald, 2013; Yap… 

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