A group of researchers in France did a study recently attempting to answer the question in this article whether taking a deep breath would help with business decision making. The question came after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had advised the White House to take a deep breath before making decisions.
The researchers recruited 56 management students aged between 19 and 29 years from a business school in France. The students were divided at random into two groups, a control group and a “breathing exercise” group.
All the students were told to imagine they were in charge of a fictional retail clothing company and were given information about the company’s background, its staff, the major issues it was facing, letters, memos, telephone messages, and notes. After reviewing the information (designed to feel psychologically overwhelming), each student had to make seven rapid-fire business decisions in the form of seven multiple choice questions.