The Huffington Post—May 9, 2012
by Helene Pavlov, M.D., FACR, Radiologist-in-Chief at Hospital for Special Surgery
In a recent New York Times article titled, "Mind Games: Sometimes a White Coat Isn't Just a White Coat," Adam D. Galinsky, a professor at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, describes "enclothed cognition." Enclothed cognition is "the effects of clothing on cognitive processes." He claims that we think not just with our brains but also with our bodies, and that the clothes one wears and the specific meaning attached to the clothes causes one to ascribe that meaning to their behavior.
According to Professor Galinsky, a physician who wears his or her white lab coat and knows its symbolic meaning tends to be more careful, rigorous and good at paying attention.
How we behave is clearly affected by the clothes we wear.
The article in the Times piece asks an important question: How would our behavior change if we wore the clothes of varying professions?
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