Power Posing for Increased Participation

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Sara L. Schipper, Kyoto University

Power posing—assuming an expansive posture, such as hands on the hips and legs spread apart—has been shown to increase feelings of power, confidence, and willingness to take risks. Is it possible that two minutes of power posing in the university classroom could give students the confidence necessary to volunteer answers in a whole-class discussion? The results of this study support the researcher’s prediction that assuming a powerful posture for two minutes in the classroom leads to increased voluntary participation in whole-class discussions. These results could have meaningful implications for teachers struggling with low participation rates in their classrooms.