The Cognitive Consequences of Formal Clothing

  title={The Cognitive Consequences of Formal Clothing},
  author={Michael L. Slepian and Simon Ferber and Joshua M Gold and Abraham M. Rutchick},
  journal={Social Psychological and Personality Science},
  pages={661 - 668}
Drawing from literature on construal-level theory and the psychological consequences of clothing, the current work tested whether wearing formal clothing enhances abstract cognitive processing. Five studies provided evidence supporting this hypothesis. Wearing more formal clothing was associated with higher action identification level (Study 1) and greater category inclusiveness (Study 2). Putting on formal clothing induced greater category inclusiveness (Study 3) and enhanced a global… Expand

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