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posted by martyb on Wednesday May 07 2014, @02:47PM   Printer-friendly
from the John-J-J-Schmidt dept.

In light of two recent studies, expecting parents might consider doing a little social engineering when naming their children. New evidence suggests if you're trying to convey intelligence the more middle initials in your name, the smarter people will assume you to be.

Also, if you want to be trusted more, use a first name that everyone can pronounce. That effect seems to be in line with another study (not peer-reviewed) indicating short first names correlate with higher earnings.

Perhaps one should combine the two and just use initials for all but the surname, like J.P. Morgan?

 
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  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by Thexalon on Wednesday May 07 2014, @03:02PM

    by Thexalon (636) on Wednesday May 07 2014, @03:02PM (#40554)

    Not necessarily: Most people think that George H.W. Bush is smarter than George W. Bush.

    But then again, "Alfred E. Neuman".

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  • (Score: 2) by c0lo on Wednesday May 07 2014, @03:22PM

    by c0lo (156) on Wednesday May 07 2014, @03:22PM (#40566) Journal

    But then again, "Alfred E. Neuman".

    I see your Alfred E. Neuman, and raise you an Albert Einstein and a Stephen Hawking. If that's not enough, I'll throw in a Sir David Attenborough (did you notice how the prefixing title have a bit more effect than the not normally mentioned middle name/initial?)

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    • (Score: 3, Funny) by VLM on Wednesday May 07 2014, @03:29PM

      by VLM (445) on Wednesday May 07 2014, @03:29PM (#40567)

      "and raise you an Albert Einstein and a Stephen Hawking."

      I'll take "Spock"

  • (Score: 2) by davester666 on Wednesday May 07 2014, @04:43PM

    by davester666 (155) on Wednesday May 07 2014, @04:43PM (#40589)

    He might be, as that is a relative comparison. Unfortunately, compared to most of humanity, they both rank remarkably low...