It has long been known that clothing affects how other people perceive us as well as how we think about ourselves. It turns out, clothing also affects the way we think.
If you wear a white coat that you believe belongs to a doctor, your ability to pay attention increases sharply. But if you wear the same white coat believing it belongs to a painter, you will show no such improvement.
The scientists have coined the term “enclothed cognition” to describe how someone’s clothing affects their cognitive processes. Click over to the New York Times to read a summary of the researchers’ studies. It might change the way you choose to dress for work.