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The Science of Body Language

Posted By Administration, Thursday, March 7, 2013
Updated: Friday, August 30, 2013

Today's One Minute Idea varies from earlier posts.

While researching Body Language and it's effect on communications, I found this TED Talk that I encourage you to watch.

If you're not familiar with TED Talks, they are short, well done and fascinating. This talk is by Amy Cuddy, professor and social psychologist at Harvard Business School. She studies how non-verbal behavior and snap judgements affect people.

Amy describes her research and shares her personal story of a terrible automobile accident that left her with a severe brain injury. Her inspiring story challenges us to not "fake it till we make it" but to "fake it till you become it."

Her research shows how to configure your brain to raise your testosterone (power) and lower your cortisol (fear) in situations, especially uncomfortable one.

TIP:Acting on her request to try a power pose and share the science, I encourage you to grab a cup of coffee or tea, take a break, click on this link and spend 20 minutes with the very talented and well-spoken Amy Cuddy. Just to let you know, she got a standing ovation at the end.

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