Operations, Information and Decisions Papers

Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version

2011

Publication Source

Journal of Personality and Social Psychology

Volume

101

Issue

1

Start Page

1

Last Page

24

DOI

0.1037/a0021990

Abstract

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.

Comments

This article may not exactly replicate the final version published in the APA journal. It is not the copy of record.

Keywords

name–letter effects, field studies, implicit egotism, statistics, spurious results

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Date Posted: 27 November 2017

This document has been peer reviewed.