Moniker Maladies

  title={Moniker Maladies},
  author={Leif D. Nelson and Joseph P. Simmons},
  journal={Psychological Science},
  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… 

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