Does my face in the picture say star-stuck or what? Last week I attended the Mind Body Medicine Conference at Harvard Medical School. One of the keynote speakers was Amy Cuddy who is well known for the 2nd most viewed Ted Talk of all time – Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are. I had the pleasure of not only hearing her speak but, as you can see from the picture above, I got to meet her as well.
I learned a lot of great information from her and many of the other distinguished speakers, so I thought I would share some of my favorite ideas over the next few weeks.
This week I want to share an interesting study Amy Cuddy mentioned during her talk. In this study Cuddy and her colleague hypotheized that “iHunching” (the closed posture many of us have as we are looking at our phones) would make people behave less assertively.
To test this they had subjects answer a generic 5-minute questionnaire on an electronic device. The device varied among the subjects. The devices included an iPod Touch, an iPad, a MacBook Pro laptop computer or an iMac desktop computer. After the individual completed the survey the experimenter returned, took the device, pointed at the clock and said, “I will be back in 5-minutes to debrief you and pay you so you can leave. If I’m not back in 5-minutes please come get me at the front desk.”
The experimenter then waited 10 minutes before they returned. Sure enough, those who worked on devices that required a closed posture to answer the questions (iPod Touch & iPad) where much less likely to get up and find the researcher than those who worked on devices that required a more open posture. The percent who were assertive for each device is shown below:
This is an interesting finding we should all keep in mind as we spend more and more of our days checking our phones in the “iHunch” posture.
More to come next week!
Wishing you success in all aspects of life,
Founder and President
Smart Health Wellness and Performance