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Amy Cuddy

Professor, Harvard Business School

<p>Amy Cuddy wasn’t supposed to become a successful scientist. In fact, she wasn’t even supposed to finish her undergraduate degree. Early in her college career, Cuddy suffered a severe head injury in a car accident, and doctors said she would struggle to fully regain her mental capacity and finish her undergraduate degree.</p><br /> <br /> <p>But she proved them wrong. Today, Cuddy is a <a href="http://www.hbs.edu/faculty/Pages/profile.aspx?facId=491042" target="_hplink">professor and researcher at Harvard Business School</a>, where she studies how nonverbal behavior and snap judgments affect people from the classroom to the boardroom. And her training as a classical dancer (another skill she regained after her injury) is evident in her fascinating work on "<a href="http://hbswk.hbs.edu/item/6461.html" target="_hplink">power posing</a>" -- how your body position influences others and even your own brain.</p>

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