Dressing up for Christmas parties can make you feel sexier, more confident or just very self-conscious. Social and sartorial pitfalls abound, but what you may not realise is that your choice of outfit can change the way the brain understands the body.
The American psychologist William James wrote in 1890 banyere otu nwaanyị ọ hụrụ yi a okpu na a ogologo nku na ya na-instinctively ducked dị ka ọ banyere ụlọ, ka ọ bụrụ na nku bụ akụkụ nke ahụ ya na-. Modern neuroscience nwere nwere enyoba nke a: ma ọ bụrụ na a enwe esetịpụ a ngwá ọrụ, ọ na-e gosiri na ụbụrụ na-agụnye ngwá ọrụ nke mere na ọ fọrọ nke nta akụkụ nke ha ahu. Nke a na-enye ohere enwe iji ngwá ọrụ dextrously, dị ka ọ bụ onye na-ogologo mkpịsị aka.
Otu mmetụta nwere ike chere na flamboyant uwe, or the magic wand of a fairy costume – this extension of our body may make us move and act differently. This may also be why we’re able to drive, as the whole car becomes the edges of our body – but it’s better not to try that out after the party.
Dr Daniel Glaser is director of Science Gallery at King’s College London
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