Nodding Or Shaking Your Head May Even Influence Your Own Thoughts

When you nod your head to signal approval or shake your head to show disapproval, it’s not just sending a message to others ? you may also be influencing yourself.

A new study showed that these simple movements influenced people’s agreement with an editorial they heard while nodding or shaking their head. Researchers found that other body movements ? such as writing with a non-dominant hand ? can also influence attitudes, even about important issues such as self-esteem.

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