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HOW DOES THE BODY INFLUENCE OUR MINDS?

Written on October 26, 2009 by PsychIE Author in Uncategorized

posturas1The great influence of the body on the mind is well-known, but the power of body posture goes beyond what we had previously thought according to an article “La postura corporal influye en la confianza de los pensamientos” (Body posture influences the confidence of thinking). Research, published in the European Journal of Social Psychology carried out by the professor of the Department of Social Psychology and Health at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Pablo Briñol, along with collaborators, Richard Petty and Ben Wagner from Ohio State University, has obtained results which show how body posture affects the mind in a far more complex way than one might first have imagined. This is clearly demonstrated by the meta-cognitive process called “self-reinforcement”, whereby the confidence which results from a firm body posture reinforces any thoughts which we may have in that moment.

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