Power posing experiment

Matt Allred

Relate in detail the efforts by Dr. Cuddy and her team to meet the rigid standards of research in this study. What research terminology do you see commented on in this speech?

I noticed that she did both qualitative and quantitative research in her study. She uses quantitative research when she looks at the testosterone and cortisol levels of high ranking primates. She noticed that high ranking primates have high testosterone and low cortisol and so do effective leaders. She is collecting data and putting into statistical data so she can see if all apha male primates have high testosterone or if it was just one. She uses qualitative research when she did the study where she made people do certain poses then measured the testosterone and cortisol levels. She noticed that the way people sit and their posture and poses affect the amount of testosterone and cortisol. People who did confident poses had high testosterone and low cortisol and people who did cowardly poses had the exact opposite.

All research in Psychology begins with a ‘Big Idea’. What do you believe was Dr. Cuddy’s ‘big idea’?

I think her big idea was she wanted to know whether the way we carried ourselves would affect our results and attitude in real life. When she had a student who never talked or participated in her class, she told her to say fake it til you make it. The student started faking it and started to participate in class and eventually changed into the person she was pretending to be. I think it became a hypothesis when Dr. Cuddy want to see if there was a scientific side to what had happened to her student.

Explain how data was tracked in detail according to the experiments from her speech.

When Dr. Cuddy conducted the posing experiment, what she did was she would take the testosterone and cortisol levels of volunteers and then had them do certain poses. When they would get a baseline data measurement, they would do certain poses. Dr. Cuddy noticed that higher testosterone levels and lower cortisol levels correlated with confident poses and lower testosterone levels and higher cortisol levels correlated with cowardly poses. This meant that when we would act confident it would actually release chemicals that would really make us become confident and whenever we would do cowardly poses , our body would release chemicals to make us seem not confident.