Middle Initials in a Name Associated With Intellect

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Tue, May 13th, 2014 10:00 by capnasty NEWS

The Pacific Standard reports that to give the image of someone with intellectual heft, the easist thing to do is to simply add your middle name initial when dispensing your name.

Better yet, use two or three, if your parents gifted you with multiple middle names.

“People’s middle initials have a particular and powerful effect on how people are perceived by others,” argue psychologists Wijnand A.P. Van Tilburg of the University of Southampton and Eric R. Igou of the University of Limerick.

“The display of middle initials increases the perceived social status of these people, and positively biases inferences about their intellectual capacity and performance,” they write in the European Journal of Social Psychology.

On the off chance that their combined three middle initials aren’t sufficient to convince readers of their conclusions, Van Tilburg and Igou describe seven studies that provide evidence for their thesis.

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