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You Are Your Clothes

You Are Your Clothes

Unless we wear a uniform, one choice we make is the outfit we are going to wear to work. Some of us work from home in pajamas, others wear a crisp suit, and still others are somewhere in between.

Researchers Galinsky and Hajo studied what they call “enclothed cognition”, where those who wore a doctor’s coat (as opposed to painter’s coat or no coat) actually performed better in attention tasks, showing that the symbolic meaning of the clothing plus the physical experience of wearing it had an effect on participants (Hajo & Galinsky, 2012).