Recently, scientists from Columbia University and Cal State Northridge published a study that examines how clothing may affect abstract and concrete thoughts. The results found wearing formal clothes can free people from concrete thinking while boosting their ability to think more abstractly.
The researchers proved this in a series of experiments that asked undergrads to wear a variety of clothing—some formal, some not—and rank how they felt in their outfits, and then perform a group of tests. The students who ranked themselves as more formally dressed unanimously scored higher in abstract thinking than their casually dressed counterparts. And it was all because of one reason: Power.
According to the study, "power significantly mediated the relationship between clothing formality and the number of actions identified at a high level." In other words, the formally dressed students felt more powerful, which allowed them to think more abstractly.
Remember that next time you get dressed. It might make all the difference.
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