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Amy Cuddy Social Psychologist and Author

Biography

Amy Cuddy, Associate Professor at Harvard Business School, uses experimental methods to investigate how people judge and influence each other and themselves. Cuddy is the  New York Times best-selling author of  Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges. Her research suggests that judgments along two critical trait dimensions   –  warmth/trustworthiness and competence/power – shape social interactions, determining such outcomes as who gets hired and who doesn’t, when we are more or less likely to take risks, why we admire, envy, or disparage certain people, elect politicians, or even target minority groups for genocide. Cuddy’s work in social psychology focuses on how we embody and express competence and warmth, linking our body language to our feelings, physiology, and behavior. Her latest research illuminates how adopting body postures that convey competence and power can prepare us to be present and cope well in stressful situations. 

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