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Historical and socioeconomic predictors of the emotional associations of sounds in popular names.
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PMID:  17165408     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The 10 most popular boys' and girls' names for most years of the 20th century were studied by Whissell in terms of the emotional associations of their sounds and their pronounceability. A set of historical and socioeconomic variables, namely, war, depression, the advent of the birth control pill, inflation, and year predicted component scores for name length, emotionality, and pronounceability. There were significant low-to-medium strength correlations among predictors and criteria, and prediction was significant in four of the six models. For example, the inclusion of Positive Emotional sounds in women's names was predicted with R2 = .73 from a formula emphasizing the advent of the pill (beta = 1.58) and year (beta = -1.56).
Cynthia Whissell
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Perceptual and motor skills     Volume:  103     ISSN:  0031-5125     ISO Abbreviation:  Percept Mot Skills     Publication Date:  2006 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-12-14     Completed Date:  2007-02-12     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0401131     Medline TA:  Percept Mot Skills     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  451-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Psychology Department, Laurentian University, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada P3E 2C6.
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MeSH Terms
Choice Behavior
Infant, Newborn
Social Change*
Socioeconomic Factors*

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