So does Arnie Anderson get the best grades?

NCBI ROFL: What’s in a name? Part II: Why Kevin Kouzmanoff strikes out so much.
[Via Discoblog]

Moniker maladies: when names sabotage success.

“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), especially if they like their initials (Study 3). Because lower GPAs lead to lesser graduate schools, students whose names begin with the letters C and D attend lower-ranked law schools than students whose names begin with A and B (Study 4). Finally, in an experimental study, we manipulated congruence between participants’ initials and the labels of prizes and found that participants solve fewer anagrams when a consolation prize shares their first initial than when it does not (Study 5). These findings provide striking evidence that unconsciously desiring negative name-resembling performance outcomes can insidiously undermine the more conscious pursuit of positive outcomes.”



I wonder if changing their name has any effect or if their birth name follows them forever? How does a Gregory do with grades? Does Cathy have more C-sections than Kathy? This line of research opens up so many questions.

2 thoughts on “So does Arnie Anderson get the best grades?

  1. MY TAX MONEY IS BEING SPENT ON THESE KIND OF STUDIES??!! I will have to ask the doc to up my blood-pressure meds or quite reading these kind of papers. And these are not the worst studies I saw on the original site. No wonder students can’t find a job after graduation.

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