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November 25th, 2020

Study on body posture and emotion


Emotion experience is associated with many physical changes and sensations: think of the common expression of “butterflies in your stomach”. Many of these changes concern our body language and posture: someone who is angry may raise their fists, someone who is afraid may shrink back from the fearful event or image, or someone who is sad may collapse and look defeated. But does this relationship work in reverse – that is, do differences in people’s posture affect how they perceive and experience emotions?

This study relates differences in individuals’ posture to their personality and their experience and perception of emotion. In a series of four different 15-minute modules, completed in any order, participants will complete a postural assessment, answer some questions about their personality, categorize ambiguous facial expressions of emotion, and colour in areas of their body where they feel certain emotions.

We are looking for participants aged 18-35 with no psychiatric history to participate. Participants will be compensated 15$ by Interac e-Transfer.

This study is conducted by Soren Wainio-Theberge (M.Sc. candidate) under the supervision of Dr. Jorge Armony at McGill University in the Department of Psychiatry. If you wish to participate in the experiment, or if you have any questions, please contact armony.lab@gmail.com.

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