My name is Winjand
A P van Tilburg and I work at King’s College
London in the psychology department. One version contained an author with no middle initials.
The other versions had one, two, three or four middle initials
instead. And what we found was that students liked this written work
better if the author had more middle initials – even though the exact text
of the essay was the same. This is something to do with
the stereotypes that people use – so because people with
middle initials are seen as more prestigious, people automatically –
but incorrectly – assume that their work must therefore be of a
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