Symbolic Significance of Initials on Longevity

  title={Symbolic Significance of Initials on Longevity},
  author={ERNEST L. Abel and Michael L. Kruger},
  journal={Perceptual and Motor Skills},
  pages={179 - 182}
  • E. Abel, M. Kruger
  • Published 1 February 2007
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Perceptual and Motor Skills
The longevities of deceased major league baseball players who died prior to 1950 (N = 3,835) and whose initials formed acronyms, words, or names with “positive” or “negative” affect, as rated a priori by two judges, were compared with those for a group of neutral controls matched for birth year and career length, using the Berkeley standardized mortality tables. Players (n = 11) with positive initials, e.g., A.C.E., lived a mean of 13 years longer than players (n = 30) with negative initials, e… Expand

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