Power Posing

Myles Paschall

Posing Power Ted Talk by Dr. Amy Cudder

In the Ted talk Dr. Cudder covers the questions of does a persons body language and non verbals effect their life and your life in a bigger way than you think.

Research Study

Dr. Cudder brings up many studies of research throughout her presentation. She starts with non verbal expressions of power and dominance. Well shown in the animal kingdom, this deals with expanding and making yourself big to show dominance. Humans also do the same thing. It has been proven that the natural instinct of a human after winning an event is to throw their hands up in the air. This study was conducted with normal people but also with people who were born with out the ability to see. These blind humans also threw their hands in the air even though they have never seen anyone else do that.

Dr. Cudder then talks about her study of different kinds of students in the classroom. There are students who tend to occupy space and will raise their hand high when asking a question. There are also students who are more shy and might only lift a finger when they need to ask a question. Cudder says that this is mainly split between men and women. Men tend to act like the alpha as women tend to act more shy.

Her next topic of study started with the question, can you fake it until you make it? Cudder is referring to the students who are not generally comfortable with participating in class. She then asks another question, do our non verbals govern how we think and feel about ourselves? Basically saying can the way you teach yourself to act make you more confident. Then follows with the question, do our bodies change our minds? They continued to conduct an experiment in which they took certain people and told them to stand in either a high power pose or a low power pose. After the people were asked if they wanted to gamble. The acceptance of people who were standing in high power poses was over 20% higher than people who were standing in low power poses. The high power people also gained a 20% increase in testosterone while the low power people had a 10% decrease. She continued to answer her questions that yes our non verbals do govern how we think and feel about ourselves, and yes our body can change our mind.

Big Idea

I believe that throughout the presentation Dr. Cudders main idea is if someone has the ability to fake it until they make it. Being able to fake it until you make it ties in with many of the other things that she talked about. For example, she talks about a person who does not like to speak up in class, saying that if that person begins to speak up and raise their hand on purpose then they will be able to do it in the future more comfortably. She turned this idea into a hypothesis by acting out the question and seeing if it was possible for it to work. It turns out that she and one of her students found this technique very helpful.

Collected Data

The first data that Dr. Cudder collected chronically in the experiment she talks about the levels of testosterone in people who were in a dominant stance vs people who were not. It showed that people in the dominant stance had and increase in testosterone and the people who were not had a decrease in testosterone.

At the end of her presentation she talks about her own experience of faking it until she made it. She found out that this strategy did work and that it has and can work on other people also