Study: Name Initials May Affect Academic Success

    A person’s initials can influence how well they perform in
    school and sports, according to a new study.

    Researchers Leif Nelson from UCSD and Joseph Simmons from
    Yale University studied the effect of first or last-name initials in situations
    where letters corresponded to an undesirable outcome.

    They found that people whose initials matched a negative
    label perform more poorly than others. Nelson and Simmons report that baseball
    players whose first or last name starts with the letter K, which represents a
    strikeout, tended to strike out more often than other players. Similarly,
    students whose names start with the letters C or D, which signify mediocre
    marks in grading systems, did not perform as well as other students with
    different initials.

    “Just having the right initial doesn’t make you a better
    baseball player, but it can make you a slightly worse baseball player,” Nelson
    said in a press release.

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