Power Posing Experiment

By: Emma Jett

Explain the efforts of Dr. Cuddy and her research

Dr. Cuddy backs up her research for this experiment by showing and creating real factual evidence for the people to see. She shows real world examples of unknowing participants proving her theory and by doing that she creates an experiment to back up her research.

Research Terminology used in speech

Dr. Cuddy uses lots of research terms to convey her point and too explain her experiment, here are some of the terms she used.

Body language/Non-verbal behavior: She uses this to explain part of her experiment since this a major part, and to say what she has researched with this.

Communication/Interaction: She uses this word to show the details of her experiment and how her participants demonstrated these things.

Valid: She uses this research term to explain the truth in her experiment.

Claim: This term is used to describe her hypothesis or claim she is trying to prove.

Outcome: Explain results of experiment.

Audience: Used to explain who she wanted to reach with this experiment, her targeted group.

Evidence: Used to show her research and facts from experiments.

Hormones: Used to explain part of her research and to display all those graphs from the result of the experiments.

These correlate with the research plans discussed in the crash course video, not exactly in terminology, but in the entire research process that goes along with experiments in psychology.

Big Idea

Dr. Cuddy's big idea in my opinion is that "Body language shapes who you are," she reinstates this opinion many times in her ted talk and it is ultimately her major hypothesis. She breaks it down into separate questions, like we know that our non verbals or behavior shape who others feel about us, but do they shape how we feel about ourselves, or our attitude about ourselves? That was one of her big ideas which she then turned into an hypothesis to conduct her experiment on, seeing the different high power and low power positions, and then testing the participants hormones too see how they felt about themselves after.


So for Dr. Cuddys experiment she first created a hypothesis, for example, saying "Do our non-verbals shape how we feel about or our attitude to ourselves?" She tested this idea by creating an experiment with many different participants. She first tested a few of their hormone levels, cortisol, testosterone, and a few more. Then to begin the experiment she had them do some high power positions for 2 minutes, for example one position was the wonder woman. Then she tested their hormone levels again, and found a higher confidence or testosterone level, and a decrease in the amount of cortisol which causes stress. She then did this same experiment with multiple participants.

Then for the other half of the experiment she did the same thing, but had the other participants do low power, slouchy poses. After doing these poses for 2 minutes she then tested their levels of those hormones, and found a decrease in confidence(testosterone) and an increase in the amount of cortisol, therefore resulting in more stress.

The correlation between these 2 levels of hormones is what really proves the question or claim, that says that the non verbal behaviors not only affect how others perceive us, but how we think of ourselves as well. Ultimately she proved that you really can fake your confidence until you make it.