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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 That effect seems to be in line with another study (not peer-reviewed) indicating short first names correlate with higher earnings.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: 1) by cubancigar11 on Wednesday May 07 2014, @07:23PM

    by cubancigar11 (330) on Wednesday May 07 2014, @07:23PM (#40641) Homepage Journal

    You are taking this too seriously (which is probably why the title has been written that way).

    The important quote:

    the smarter people will assume you to be.

    Longer middle names are charecteristic of aristrocactic echoleons. We, the people, have long been trained to bestow the quality of smartness to that class.

    It will wear off, give it several more hundred years.