The implications of this study, which is breaking news today, are mind-boggling.
Job seekers take note: Resumes printed on heavy paper stock are likely considered more seriously than those on lightweight sheets.
That’s the finding of a new study that reveals our sense of touch unconsciously influences our thoughts and moods.
“When people physically experience weight—when they feel heavy things—it makes them see the world in a more serious and important way,” said study leader Joshua Ackerman. (See: “Warm Your Hands, Warm Your Outlook?”)
Ackerman and colleagues created six experiments where they gave people similar objects of different textures and weights, such as heavy or light clipboards and rough or smooth jigsaw puzzle pieces. Handling the objects affected the subjects’ impressions and decisions, the study found.