The effect of arm crossing on persistence and performance

  title={The effect of arm crossing on persistence and performance},
  author={Ron Friedman and Andrew J. Elliot},
  journal={European Journal of Social Psychology},
Two experiments investigated the hypothesis that arm crossing serves as a proprioceptive cue for perseverance within achievement settings. Experiment 1 found that inducing participants to cross their arms led to greater persistence on an unsolvable anagram. Experiment 2 revealed that arm crossing led to better performance on solvable anagrams, and that this effect was mediated by greater persistence. No differences in comfort, instruction adherence, or mood were observed between the arms… 

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