Amy Cuddy's "Your body language may shape who you are": Corrections & Updates

At TEDGlobal 2012, social psychologist Amy Cuddy suggested that “power posing” could boost feelings of confidence. But by 2016, her co-author Dana Carney had decided that she did not “believe that ‘power pose’ effects are real.”

In the five years since Cuddy’s talk, much research has been done investigating the power pose effect. Some studies have failed to replicate what Cuddy et al. found in the original study, particularly whether power poses could affect hormone levels. But other studies did find beneficial impacts from expansive posture.

The science on power poses continues to develop, as do research methodologies across the social sciences. TED will continue to update its audience as new evidence emerges. If you have further comments or information you feel should be added to this update, please do contact us with the subject line “Amy Cuddy comment.”

Updated August, 2017