Ditching Your Yoga Pants Can Have a Surprising Effect on the Brain

woman dressed up in officeEver notice that when you're dressed nicely you're able to think a bit more clearly and make decisions faster and with more clarity? You may have thought it was just a coincidence but it turns out how you dress can actually have a big impact on how your mind works, according to a study recently published in the journal Social Psychological & Personality Science.

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We all know that dressing well and liking how you look can make you feel more confident, but now it seems it's also responsible for leading you toward "more big-picture thinking," researchers conclude.  

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It makes sense, right? Sometimes when you're dressed up -- whether it's for a job interview or a wedding -- you feel a little smarter, maybe even a little more interesting. Those feelings of power in turn lead you to adopt higher-level, more abstract thinking, the study's co-author Michael Slepian, a postdoctoral research scholar at Columbia Business School, explains.

OK, who's ready to throw on a power suit and see if you can come up with perfect solutions to getting the kids to do their homework without a fight? That's sure to require some abstract thinking!

All kidding aside, when you're schlumping around the house in flip-flops and ripped jeans, you're in a whole 'nother mindset from when you're in a skirt, blouse, and heels. 

So, next time you have a big problem to solve, maybe try getting a little dressed up and let your mind do the rest! But if this is true, how do we explain why many people feel their very best ideas come to them in the shower? Food for thought!

 

Do you find that you're sharpest when you're dressed better? 

 

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