The name-pronunciation effect: Why people like Mr. Smith more than Mr. Colquhoun

  title={The name-pronunciation effect: Why people like Mr. Smith more than Mr. Colquhoun},
  author={Simon M. Laham and Peter Koval and Peter Koval and Adam L. Alter},
  journal={Journal of Experimental Social Psychology},
The Name-Pronunciation Effect: Further Evidence from Chinese
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  • Psychology
    The Journal of general psychology
  • 2015
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The Name-Pronunciation Effect: Further Evidence from Chinese
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Difficult name, cold man: Chinese names, gender stereotypicality and trustworthiness.
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Does the name say it all? Investigating phoneme-personality sound symbolism in first names.
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Is This Product Easy to Control? Liabilities of Using Difficult-To-Pronounce Product Names
This research studied difficult-to-pronounce product names which are prevalent in certain product categories. In study 1, consumers tried golf balls that varied in name pronounceability but were
The voiced pronunciation of initial phonemes predicts the gender of names.
The voiced gendered name effect was mediated through how hard or soft names sounded, and moderated by gender stereotype endorsement, and provides a systematic account of name-based cues to gender.
People with Easier to Pronounce Names Promote Truthiness of Claims
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Sounds that make you smile and share: a phonetic key to prosociality and engagement
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The political impact of name sounds
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  • Psychology
    Psychological bulletin
  • 1993
Researchers often use sex-typed names to identify stimulus persons' sex, assuming that such names communicate sex only, but such names also create impressions that have little or nothing to do with sex.
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“Names Can Never Hurt Me?”
Research has shown that a woman's selected title of address affects perceiver impressions of her (e.g., Dion, 1987). This study adds to our understanding of the effects of chosen identity labels on
If It's Difficult to Pronounce, It Must Be Risky
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  • Psychology
    Genetic, social, and general psychology monographs
  • 2001
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