And here I was thinking that people didn’t like me because of my attitude…
Though it might seem impossible, and certainly inadvisable, to judge a person by their name, a new study suggests our brains try anyway.
The more pronounceable a person’s name is, the more likely people are to favor them.
“When we can process a piece of information more easily, when it’s easier to comprehend, we come to like it more,” said psychologist Adam Alter of New York University and co-author of a Journal of Experimental Social Psychology study published in December.
Correlation does not equal causation, of course, but I sure wish my name was James or Frank or shucks, even Sue!