It is always seen that people prefer to select extraordinary names for their new-born so that he or she remains exceptional in the crowd, reveals “The New York Times.” However, a new study demonstrates that if parents want their children to succeed in life they should better pick simple names that are easy to pronounce for their babies.
According to Aol Jobs, Melbourne University scientist Simon Laham, Adam Alter of New York University Stern School of Business, and Peter Koval of the University of Leuven, Belgium, revealed individuals with easy to pronounce names have more positive impression on people than people with complicated names. While conducting study, the researchers found that very few participants liked easy to pronounce names. However, it was noted that out of 500 U.S. lawyers, the ones with simple names had succeeded faster and are in senior positions.
Earlier researchers have highlighted that a name can affect your life as candidates with African American names were less expected to be called back for a job interview; kids with popular names are less likely to face trouble with the law; females with more feminine names are less probable to pursue math and science; and boys with names that are also common amongst girls are more probable to be suspended. The findings based on the “the name pronunciation effect” is completely new. The research, which comprised names from Anglo, Asian, Western and Eastern European backgrounds, was conducted in both lab settings and natural environments, and was in print online in December in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.
It was seen that the scientists were very careful in differentiating pronounce ability with ‘unusualness’- a feature that is eminent to flash unfairness. For instance Barack Obama, which is certainly an unusual name but it is not hard to pronounce. The scientists also prohibited the ethnic or the national factor associated with the name to avoid provocation of the negative feelings.
While conducting the lawyer study, the scientists believed the relatively recent entry of the few into the field might distort the results. Names like Smiths and Johnsons ranked higher than the Pfefferbergs and Borgognones. However, when the scientists considered the Anglo names alone they found that the seniority was connected strongly with the pronunciation of the person’s name. Independently of all those other features of the name, the mere ease of pronunciation is enough to drive outcomes,” Adam said. “There’s sort of a warm glow associated with things that are easy to process.”
Further, the study highlighted the fact that an individual tends to feel good when his or her minds process something easily, without any effort. Thus when it comes to a name, they feature that excellent feeling to the name- bearer.
Adam believes this can be progressing; the majority of things that is essential for the mental resources for our ancestors to progress was possibly dangerous, or cause for concern.
Politicians, with easily pronounced names are more likely to get votes than one with complicated names. This was brought into limelight by 35 undergraduates, who participated in a mock ballot study of 12 names, without having any knowledge about the candidates. It was found that those with simpler names were more expected to win.
- Get ahead at work: Use an easy-to-pronounce name (lifeinc.today.msnbc.msn.com)
- People with easy to pronounce names win friends and favour (tricitypsychology.com)