'Power posing' - PSYC 396 Undergraduate Research Project Application Form

Supervisor's Name: John Lydon

Supervisor's Email: john.lydon [at] mcgill.ca

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Supervisor's department: Psychology

Course number: PSYC 396 (Psychology)

Term: Winter 2013-2014

Project start date: Monday, January 6, 2014

Project end date: Friday, April 11, 2014

Project title: Power posing

Project description (50-100 words suggested): The proposed research is a follow-up to the McClure & Lydon study on attachment anxiety and its effects on interpersonal outcomes. Their results demonstrate that anxiety leads to poor interpersonal displays that hinder positive relationship formation, which reinforces the anxious person’s belief that she cannot communicate and socialize well.  This finding implies that reducing negative displays of social anxiety requires a positive change in belief of competency, and we contend that a possible catalyst for this is power posing.  We predict that high power posing will have a mitigating effect on the manifestation of social anxiety because empowering the anxious person will lessen her feelings of inadequacy, leading to a more successful interpersonal display when presented with a potential relationship opportunity.

Prerequisite: 1 term completed at McGill + CGPA of 3.0 or higher; or permission of instructor.

Grading scheme (The final report must be worth at least 50% of final grade): 60% report 40% lab work

Project status: This project is taken. The professor has no more '396' projects this term.

Ethics, safety, and training: Supervisors are responsible for the ethics and safety compliance of undergraduate students. This project involves: Human subjects.