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Saturday, August 14, 2004

So How Does Nick Rate? 

According to The New Scientist, if you have a pleasing name, it can actually make you look more attractive... literally:

Whether people find you "hot or not" could depend on the sound of your name, suggests a new study.

Linguist Amy Perfors of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston, US, placed photos with fake names on a website called "Hot or Not", which allows viewers to rank strangers' photos for attractiveness.

She found that men labeled with names including "front vowels," such as the "aaa" sound in Matt were rated as more attractive by website viewers than photos labelled with "back vowel" names, such as the "aw" sound in Paul. The opposite was true for women's names.
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And while the effects were robust, an attractive name cannot completely compensate for a face that is more frog than prince. "An attractive person with a bad vowel name is still more attractive than an unattractive person with a good vowel name," says Perfors.

So... how does Nick rank? Is Nicholas any better? Hmmmmm.

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I'm a Software Consultant in the Milwaukee area. Among various geeky pursuits, I'm also an amateur triathlete, and enjoy rock climbing. I also like to think I'm a political pundit.


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