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Journal of Personality and Social Psychology
Three articles published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology have shown that a disproportionate share of people choose spouses, places to live, and occupations with names similar to their own. These findings, interpreted as evidence of implicit egotism, are included in most modern social psychology textbooks and many university courses. The current article successfully replicates the original findings but shows that they are most likely caused by a combination of cohort, geographic, and ethnic confounds as well as reverse causality.
name–letter effects, field studies, implicit egotism, statistics, spurious results
Simonsohn, U. (2011). Spurious? Name Similarity Effects (Implicit Egotism) in Marriage, Job, and Moving Decisions. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 101 (1), 1-24. http://dx.doi.org/0.1037/a0021990
Date Posted: 27 November 2017
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