|Social Power Makes the Heart Work More Efficiently: Evidence from Cardiovascular Markers of Challenge and Threat
|| Daan Scheepers, Frank de Wit, Naomi Ellemers, Kai Sassenberg
||Possessing social power is beneficial for a wide range of physical and psychological outcomes. In the current research we test the hypothesis that the mere activation of high social power elicits an efficient cardiovascular pattern (challenge) while the activation of low social power elicits an inefficient cardiovascular pattern (threat; [Blascovich, 2008a] and [Blascovich, 2008b]). Results from two experiments (one using power priming and one involving role playing) provide evidence for this hypothesis and are discussed in terms of the embodiment of power, the power-approach relationship, and further implications for the relation between power and health.
||Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, Vol. 48(1)
||social power, threat, challenge, cardiovascular reactivity, approach, avoidance