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Your Name Is Who You Are

 by Bennett Gordon

Tags: Science and Technology, neuroscience, names, PsyBlog,

Name TagPeople named Aaron or Betty are more likely to get better grades in school than people named Chris or Dave, according to research cited by PsyBlog. The study, which focused on MBA applicants over 15 years, found that people with the initials A or B had higher grade point averages than people with the initials C or D. The study also found that professional baseball players whose first or last names began with K (the baseball shorthand for a strikeout) were more likely to strikeout than any other players.

An “implicit egotism” may explain the statistical differences, according to the blog. People are unconsciously drawn toward outcomes that resemble their own names, because of an innate preference that people have for their names.

(Thanks, MindHacks.)

Source: PsyBlog

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