Study: the body influenced the Psyche and Act

As the Sozialpsychologoin Amy Cuddy’s 2012 TED Talk, told the audience for the first time about the effect of “Power Posing”, it triggered a real Hype.

The Video was able to post record figures of over 50 million clicks.

The view to the posture of a direct influence on the Psyche, and therefore on the Self – perception and perception of exercise, was as groundbreaking as delightful.

However, the underlying study was due to the methodological shortcomings and the dubious Result of merging quickly in the criticism.

Therefore, researchers have rolled out, the issue is now again up – with surprising results.

Over 70 studies on the test bench

“We were mainly interested in whether the effect of movements and postures is really sturdy it is, therefore, in different studies, or whether it is rather due to the fact that in scientific journals positive findings be published, and no Null-findings”, explains Prof. Johannes Michalak of the University of Witten/Herdecke.

He and an international Team of scientists from the University of Aarhus in Denmark and Columbia University in New York analyzed more than 70 existing studies on their statistical coherence.

At the end of June, the researchers were able to publish the results of their Meta-analysis in the journal ‘Perspective on Psychological Science’, and for some positive Surprises in store.

The motor has (conditional) influence on the Psyche

Even if the work of Amy Cuddy and her colleague, Dana Carney was criticised at the Harvard Business School experts, were analysed by the psychologist about the dozens of studies now find that there is a clear effect of body posture and movement patterns on the Psyche.

Accordingly, the feelings, the attitudes, emotional memory, or the willingness to take risk through the motor System, so by the body and the movements can be, in fact, influenced.

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Ambiguous evidence, however, in terms of whether the motor also has an influence on the hormones.

And also in another place, the researchers had to take the faithful followers of the Power, About the Wind out of the sails.

Effect of Power Posing is not proven

Prof. Michalak lets you know: “Our analyses have shown that a slumped posture have a negative impact on the condition of the subjects. However, we have found no evidence for the positive effects of a deliberately expansionary posture in terms of Power Posing.”

This does not prove, however, the other way around, that such effects are nonetheless, and particularly for people with depressive disorders might be a Chance might present.

Because: “In the studies that have been included in the Metanalyse, were always examined only short-term effects. In the future, should carry out studies as to whether a Training of body posture or movement patterns over the longer term on the condition and the symptoms of depressed patients have,” said the Professor and author of the study.

Sources

  • Perspective on Psychological Science: “Expansive and Contractive Postures and Movement: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of the Effect of engine Displays on Affective and Behavioral Responses”, retrieved on 09.07.2020: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/1745691620919358
  • TED: “your body language affects who you are”, retrieved on 09.07.2020: https://www.ted.com/talks/amy_cuddy_your_body_language_may_shape_who_you_are?language=de#t-261809

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