Researchers at the Ohio State University (OSU) have found that sitting straight may boost confidence. Richard Petty, study co-author and OSU psychology professor said the study of 71 students also showed that posture influences what we think of ourselves.
"Most of us were taught that sitting up straight gives a good impression to other people," Petty said. "But it turns out that our posture can also affect how we think about ourselves. If you sit up straight, you end up convincing yourself by the posture you're in," Petty added.
People who sat straight were able to believe positive thoughts that they wrote about themselves, but people who slumped on their desks were not able to do so.
The study details are published in the October issue of the European Journal of Social Psychology.