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Plants or bookcases as backdrop on video call really do impress, study finds

By Emily Dugan

28 Sep 2023 · 2 min read

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  1. It may be worth the effort of choosing the right video-call background after all. Research from Durham University's psychology department found that bookshelves or house plants in the background of video calls make the best impression in online meetings.

People who curate the backdrop of their video calls to appear well-read may be vindicated for their trouble, as research has found that bookshelves or plants make the best impression in an online meeting.

In contrast, anyone wanting to spice things up with a novelty background should think again, as researchers from Durham University’s psychology department have found this makes people less likely to think those they are watching are trustworthy or competent.

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