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Respect My Authority! Uniforms Make the Difference Between a "No" and a "Yes"

[caption id="attachment_712" align="alignnone" width="551"] Image source: 4gwar.wordpress.com[/caption] Why do we wear uniforms? Just because it looks nice? Well, everyone wants to look good, certainly, but the power of uniforms has a much deeper, psychological hold over us. Studies have found that a person will provoke dramatically different reactions based on the type of clothes he or she is wearing. Just how much of a difference, you wonder? You might be surprised.   Leonard Bickman, a psychologist and professor and Vanderbilt University, did extensive experiments on the effectiveness of uniforms and published his findings in "The Social Power of a Uniform." In one experiment, Bickman had three male researchers give orders to 153 randomly chosen pedestrians in Brooklyn, New York. The researcher would demand one of the following:   "Pick up this bag for me!" "This fellow is overparked at the meter but doesn't have any change....