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An article in Scientific American cites recent research by GSB faculty members Lara Tiedens and Deborah Gruenfeld, and PhD student Lucia Guillory, showing that ’standing tall’ can make one feel, and be, more powerful in social relationships. It turns out that good posture isn’t just good for your back. It also makes you more likely to engage in power-related behaviors, such as risk-taking and initiative, with corresponding shifts in hormone levels, while simultaneously conveying a nonverbal message to others that you are in charge. Slouching does the opposite.



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