Those "power poses" you've been advised to strike to boost your confidence before a job interview or other high pressure situations may not be so powerful after all.
Dana Carney — one of the authors of an attention-getting 2010 study that found people who spread their limbs and arranged their bodies to occupy more space actually felt more powerful on a hormonal level after a couple of minutes — now says she does not believe that "power pose" effects are real.
"Reasonable and respected people may disagree with my opinion, but as new evidence came in, I merely updated my beliefs," Carney, an associate professor at the University of California, Berkeley, told TODAY in an email.
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She advised against doing more research on the topic, "which I now think is a waste of time and resources," Carney wrote in a letter she recently posted on her website.