Embodied Cognition has something to share about clipboards. Recent studies on the unconscious effects of holding a heavier — vs. holding a lighter — clipboard on human judgments are highlighted in an article on uxmatters.com, which discusses the fact that researchers found that:
people who reviewed [a job candidate's] resume on the heavier clipboardThe question must be raised: Is there a benefit to holding a heavier clipboard, as opposed to a lighter one? The advantages might be open to debate. Perhaps more disturbing is the impact of weight (of all things) on the operations of human judgment.
From the research, it could be argued that: "If you carry a heavy clipboard, you will feel more important." Should heavier clipboards be utilized in important business decisions? Should the nuance of such tactics be discouraged?
The moral implications of manipulating EC in one's favor can be complicated. (Is wearing cologne to impress a date less disturbing? ...Or dressing for an interview?) Perhaps it is preferable to meditate on the broader aspects of superficial details, such as an object's weight, in the process of decision-making.
Should clipboards be interviewed, to see what they think?
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