I sell seashells by the seashore and my name is Jack: comment on Pelham, Mirenberg, and Jones (2002).

@article{Gallucci2003ISS,
  title={I sell seashells by the seashore and my name is Jack: comment on Pelham, Mirenberg, and Jones (2002).},
  author={Marcello Gallucci},
  journal={Journal of personality and social psychology},
  year={2003},
  volume={85 5},
  pages={
          789-99
        }
}
  • M. Gallucci
  • Published 1 November 2003
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Journal of personality and social psychology
According to a new hypothesis based on implicit egotism, people gravitate toward cities, states, and careers with names similar to their own names. To support this hypothesis, B. W. Pelham, M. C. Mirenberg, and J. T. Jones (2002) reported a series of results regarding distributions of names in different cities, states, and jobs. In the present article, new analyses of the original data are reported, showing that the hypothesis is not supported for the large majority of names considered by the… 
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