Study: To Command Respect, Try Using Your Middle Initial Robert Siegel talks to a pair of researchers who have studied how our names are perceived by others.
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Study: To Command Respect, Try Using Your Middle Initial

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Study: To Command Respect, Try Using Your Middle Initial

Study: To Command Respect, Try Using Your Middle Initial

Study: To Command Respect, Try Using Your Middle Initial

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Robert Siegel talks to a pair of researchers who have studied names and how they are perceived by others. Are our evaluations of people's credibility swayed by how easily we can pronounce their names? Researchers in New Zealand have tried to find out. And in the U.K., another study has assessed how middle initials have a particular and powerful effect on how people are perceived.