A randomized controlled study of power posing before public speaking exposure for social anxiety disorder: No evidence for augmentative effects
SourceJournal of Anxiety Disorders, 52, (2017), pp. 1-7
Article / Letter to editor
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PI Group Affective Neuroscience
SW OZ BSI KLP
Journal of Anxiety Disorders
Subject230 Affective Neuroscience; Experimental Psychopathology and Treatment
This manuscript details a randomized controlled study designed to test the efficacy of power posing (i.e., briefly holding postures associated with dominance and power) as an augmentative strategy for exposure therapy for social anxiety disorder (SAD). Seventy-three individuals diagnosed with SAD were assigned to one of three conditions: power posing, submissive posing, or rest (no posing) prior to participating in an exposure therapy session. Participants were assessed for between-group differences in pre- and post-manipulation salivary hormone levels, within-session subjective experiences of fear, and pre- and 1-week post-treatment SAD severity outcome measures. Though the intervention resulted in decreased SAD symptom severity one week later, analyses revealed no significant between-group differences on any tested variables. Accordingly, this study provides no evidence to suggest that power posing impacts hormone levels or exposure therapy outcomes.
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