Psycomedia Episode 28 – A Podcast By Any Other Name Would Sound As Sweet

Psycomedia Episode 28 – A Podcast By Any Other Name Would Sound As Sweet

The big news: We’re now officially* endorsed* by the British Psychological Society:



  • Dijksterhuis, A. (2004). I like myself but I don’t know why: Enhancing implicit self-esteem by subliminal evaluative conditioning Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 86(2), 345-355. doi:10.1037/0022-3514.86.2.345
  • Gebauer, J. E., Leary, M. R., & Neberich, W. (2011). Unfortunate first names: Effects of name-based relational devaluation and interpersonal neglect Social Psychological and Personality Science, doi:10.1177/1948550611431644
  • Hoorens, V., & Todorova, E. (1988). The name letter effect: Attachment to self or primacy of own name writing? European Journal of Social Psychology, 18(4), 365 <last_page> 368. doi:10.1002/ejsp.2420180406
  • Jones, J. T., Pelham, B. W., Carvallo, M., & Mirenberg, M. C. (2004). How do I love thee? let me count the js: Implicit egotism and interpersonal attraction. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 87(5), 665 <last_page> 683. doi:10.1037/0022-3514.87.5.665
  • Laham, S. M., Koval, P., & Alter, A. L. (2012). The name-pronunciation effect: Why people like mr. smith more than mr. colquhoun Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 48(3), 752 <last_page> 756. doi:10.1016/j.jesp.2011.12.002
  • Nelson, L. D., & Simmons, J. P. (2007). Moniker maladies: When names sabotage success Psychological Science, 18(12), 1106-1112. doi:10.1111/j.1467-9280.2007.02032.x
  • Nuttin, J. M. (1987). Affective consequences of mere ownership: The name letter effect in twelve european languages European Journal of Social Psychology, 17(4), 381 <last_page> 402. doi:10.1002/ejsp.2420170402
  • Young, R. K., Kennedy, A. H., Newhouse, A., Browne, P., & Thiessen, D. (1993). The effects of names on perception of intelligence, popularity, and competence Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 23(21), 1770 <last_page> 1788. doi:10.1111/j.1559-1816.1993.tb01065.x

The truly awful Storm of Swords cover:

If you want to find an unfortunate Kevin:

The graph of the impact of initials on grades:

A closing poem:

If audition be the gutastion of pair-bonding attraction, play on;

Give me an amount past sensory specific satiety,

That the process of appetititive processing may induce nausea, and so dissected.

My recognition memory activated by an exponentially decreasing amplitude

O, it stimulated frequency-specific cells in my ear like the sweet 800 Hz sound,

That exerts respiratory reflex upon a bank of floral stimuli


Shakespeare, Swann & Fell (Personal Correspondance)


One Response to Psycomedia Episode 28 – A Podcast By Any Other Name Would Sound As Sweet

  1. Sam says:

    Earlier this month I defended my undergraduate philosophy thesis on predicate nominalism, so I think that made me more likely to enjoy an episode on names, even if it’s only nominally related. Thanks to an administrative error, the commencement program said I graduated as one of the three outstanding psychology majors (rather than political science). As your podcast is pretty much the only psychology I’ve had in the last four years, I think Psycomedia deserves some credit for this misbestowed honor.
    I know quite a few people with my name, and as it’s a great name, I’m now worried that I may have overestimated them.
    Any Psycomedia tips for using this research to get ahead in life? Maybe change your name each time you apply for a job so it matches that of the interviewer.
    I don’t advocate the use of illicit narcotics, but if you must, why not mescaline, or just mesclun.
    Oh, and I listened to this episode while taking a break from A Storm of Swords.

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