Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges

Amy Cuddy was the keynote speaker on April 24, 2015 at the Institute for Social Sciences conference series Leading Research in the Social Sciences Today. Cuddy is a social psychologist and associate professor at Harvard Business School.

Cuddy's latest research illuminates how “faking” body postures that convey competence and power, even for as little as two minutes, changes our testosterone and cortisol levels, increases our appetite for risk, causes us to perform better in job interviews and generally configures our brains to cope well in stressful situations. Her 2012 talk at TED Global on the subject is one of the most viewed TED Talks of all time.

Learn more about Amy Cuddy.

The 2015 ISS conference series showcased world-class research by social scientists across UC Davis and by top researchers from across the country. Each day of the conference focused on a unique aspect of inquiry, including people in societies, perceptions and reality and the role of social networks in decision making. This conference was co-sponsored by the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science, the Davis Humanities Institute and the Center for Regional Change.