Moniker Maladies

@article{Nelson2007MonikerM,
  title={Moniker Maladies},
  author={Leif D. Nelson and Joseph P. Simmons},
  journal={Psychological Science},
  year={2007},
  volume={18},
  pages={1106 - 1112}
}
In five studies, we found that people like their names enough to unconsciously pursue consciously avoided outcomes that resemble their names. Baseball players avoid strikeouts, but players whose names begin with the strikeout-signifying letter K strike out more than others (Study 1). All students want As, but students whose names begin with letters associated with poorer performance (C and D) achieve lower grade point averages (GPAs) than do students whose names begin with A and B (Study 2… Expand

Figures and Topics from this paper

Unconscious Applicants: A Systematic Test of the Name-Letter Effect
TLDR
A large-scale study is conducted to investigate whether people whose names begin with a given letter have a tendency to work for companies with names that begin with the same letter, and whether job choice is a theoretically challenging case for the NLE. Expand
Implicit Egotism on the Baseball Diamond: Why Peter Piper Prefers to Pitch for the Pittsburgh Pirates
Abstract Research on “implicit egotism” indicates that people tend to react positively to anything that reminds them of themselves, including their own names and the letters in their names. Names canExpand
Baseball players with the initial “K” do not strike out more often
It has been claimed that baseball players whose first or last name begins with the letter K have a tendency to strike out more than players whose initials do not contain the letter K. This “result”Expand
Athletes, Doctors, and Lawyers with First Names Beginning with “D” Die Sooner
TLDR
There was a progressive decrease in longevity associated with names beginning with A to D when all athletes were combined and doctors and lawyers whose first names began with D died earlier than those whose Names began with E to Z. Expand
When Tex and Tess Carpenter Build Houses in Texas: Moderators of Implicit Egotism
Implicit egotism is an unconscious preference for things resembling the self. Four studies provided unprecedented evidence for implicit egotism. Study 1 used census data to show that menExpand
Do People Whose Names Begin with “D” Really Die Young?
TLDR
It has been reported that professional baseball players whose first names begin with the letter “D” tend to die relatively young, but statistical evidence for this claim is based on selective data and a statistical test that ignores important confounding influences. Expand
Why Susie owns Starbucks: The name letter effect in security selection
We examine whether security selection is influenced by the name letter effect--a psychological predisposition to select items that start with leading own name letters. Two sets of tests revealExpand
What’s in a Name: A Bayesian Hierarchical Analysis of the Name-Letter Effect
TLDR
This paper re-analyzes two data sets that address the question of whether people are disproportionately likely to live in cities that resemble their name and outlines a Bayesian hierarchical analysis that avoids limitations and allows coherent inference. Expand
Name-Letters and Birthday-Numbers: Implicit Egotism Effects in Pricing
This research examines how the implicit egotism resulting from consumers’ positive self-associations affects their evaluations of product prices. The effects can occur when the product's price andExpand
The Last Name Effect: How Last Name Influences Acquisition Timing
In addition to deciding whether to buy an item, consumers can often decide when they buy an item. This article links the speed with which adults acquire items to the first letter of their childhoodExpand
...
1
2
3
4
5
...

References

SHOWING 1-10 OF 25 REFERENCES
Why Susie sells seashells by the seashore: implicit egotism and major life decisions.
TLDR
Because most people possess positive associations about themselves, most people prefer things that are connected to the self, which stands in sharp contrast to many models of rational choice and attests to the importance of understanding implicit beliefs. Expand
Assessing the validity of implicit egotism: a reply to Gallucci (2003).
TLDR
In support of implicit egotism, Pelham et al presented evidence from 10 archival studies showing that people gravitate toward careers and places of residence that resemble their names or birthday numbers, including exhaustive studies of common surnames and US city names and common surname and street names. Expand
How do I love thee? Let me count the Js: implicit egotism and interpersonal attraction.
TLDR
It is shown that people are disproportionately likely to marry others whose first or last names resemble their own, and that participants were more attracted to people whose arbitrary experimental code numbers resembled their own birthday numbers. Expand
Name letter preferences are not merely mere exposure: Implicit egotism as self-regulation.
People prefer the letters in their own names to letters that are not in their own names. Furthermore, people prefer the numbers in their own birthdays to numbers not in their own birthdays. In thisExpand
What's in a name: implicit self-esteem and the automatic self.
TLDR
Findings support the notion that implicit self-esteem phenomena are driven by self-evaluations that are activated automatically and without conscious self-reflection. Expand
I sell seashells by the seashore and my name is Jack: comment on Pelham, Mirenberg, and Jones (2002).
  • M. Gallucci
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Journal of personality and social psychology
  • 2003
TLDR
New analyses of the original data are reported, showing that the hypothesis that people gravitate toward cities, states, and careers with names similar to their own names is not supported for the large majority of names considered, and for some names even the opposite result is found. Expand
Affective consequences of mere ownership: The name letter effect in twelve European languages
The hypothesis is tested that mere ownership of an object is a sufficient condition to enhance its likelihood to become one of the most attractive items of the entire set of similar objects. EvidenceExpand
Is there an "I" in "team"? The role of the self in group-serving judgments.
TLDR
The present research demonstrates that group-serving judgments serve a self-protective function, and examines the motivational factors that promote, reduce, link, and separate self-serving and group- serving judgments. Expand
Major League Baseball
This article presents evidence that team owners in Major League Baseball (MLB) set ticket prices as profit-maximizing monopolists. However, the evidence also indicates that the cost of other forms ofExpand
Is There an
Are insurgents affected by new information about the United States' sensitivity to costs? Using data on attacks and variation in access to international news across Iraqi provinces, we identify anExpand
...
1
2
3
...