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The White Coat Effect

Invisibilia Podcast “The Secret Emotional Life of Clothes”

Podcasts are a great way to stay up to date on news stories and learn about things you never thought about before. They are ideal for listening to during a commute, or while doing tedious household chores. Listening to a podcast is the first thing I do every morning, as it wakes my brain up and stimulates thinking as soon as I wake up, preparing me better to take on the day.

One of my favorite podcasts is NPR’s Invisibilia, which tells stories “about the invisible forces that control human behavior – ideas, beliefs, assumptions and emotions.” These stories are often things you probably never even thought about before, and it prompts you to look at the world in a different way.

Recently, Invisibilia featured an episode entitled “The Secret Emotional Life Of Clothes”, which explores 7 different stories to examine how what we wear affects us more than we might think. The most poignant story, in my opinion, was their analysis of the theory of “enclothed cognition“, based upon a study in which participants were asked to complete a simple stroop test.

Some participants completed the test in their regular clothes, while others were asked to complete the test while wearing a white doctors coat. The study found that on average, participants wearing a white lab coat made fewer than half of the errors made by the other study group.

Interestingly, some participants were also asked to complete the test while wearing a white coat, but were told that it was a painter’s coat rather than a doctor’s coat. In these cases, participants also were not as accurate as those who believed they were wearing a white doctor’s coat.

This is an interesting exploration of how feeling like you are dressed professionally gives you more confidence and actually enables you to perform better intellectually. It is surprising that the simple act of putting on a white doctor’s lab coat would actually make you perform better on a test, but the proof is in the pudding.



Where can you find a high collar lab coat ? That’s what we wanted to know. We searched for dentist high collar coats and dental coats and chinese collar coat but we could not find anything except for cheap poor quality products. And then we came across www.medelita.com. Turns out Medelita is one of the best lab coat companies on the market, producing designer style tailored lab coats that are above and beyond anything we have seen. Hands down undisputed leader in the lab coat department. Our favorite high collar coat is called Elsie G. It’s designed to meet OSHA requirements and features cuffed sleeves as well as snap closure. It’s made out of 100% cotton fabric and has special coating to repel organic fluids and stains.

Here are just a few reviews for this coat taken from Medelita site:

  • “I’m a newly minted petite dentist who has been wondering for a while what to wear to present myself to patients. Being petite and looking younger than my years, it’s at times difficult to convey professionalism and experience when all a person can say is that I look like I’m still in high school. Being able to find a well-fitted, tailored, and non-frumpy looking white coat I believe has helped ease the transition for patients in our small town practice to accept a new, young-looking, and not to mention female dentist. The coat repels fluids easily like described, fits well, and is stylish. The cotton drapes well and is thicker than other fabrics out there which does make me feel a tad warm at times but nothing to worry about. The snap buttons and cuffed sleeves are perfect in the dental field, I’m so thankful for them. I also really appreciate being able to wash them in our own machines vs. dry cleaning. Lastly, I’m 5’2″ and I ordered this coat and the Lucy H.T. coat. I found I prefer this coat better because it’s shorter and fits my petite height best.” – Elizabeth, Dentist.
  • 1. The knit cuffs wear/pill and stain/soil, unlike the fabric which is very sturdy, wear- and stain-resistant. 2. Terrific styling and beautiful embroidery distinguish doctor from assistants+hygienists.
  • AWESOME CUSTOMER SERVICE!! Defective snaps were replaced at n/c with shipping paid both ways and within less than 2 weeks – uncommon product support. -Stella, Dental.