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Symbolic significance of initials on longevity.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17450979     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The longevities of deceased major league baseball players who died prior to 1950 (N=3835) and whose initials formed acronyms, words, or names with "positive" or "negative" affect, as rated a priori by two judges, were compared with those for a group of neutral controls matched for birth year and career length, using the Berkeley standardized mortality tables. Players (n=11) with positive initials, e.g., A.C.E., lived a mean of 13 years longer than players (n=30) with negative initials, e.g., D.E.D., or players with neutral initials (n=864). These results corroborated a previous study and suggest positive name symbols are associated with increased longevity in this sample.
Ernest L Abel; Michael L Kruger
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Perceptual and motor skills     Volume:  104     ISSN:  0031-5125     ISO Abbreviation:  Percept Mot Skills     Publication Date:  2007 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-04-24     Completed Date:  2007-05-30     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0401131     Medline TA:  Percept Mot Skills     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  179-82     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Department of Psychology, Wayne State University, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Aged, 80 and over
Baseball / psychology
Self Concept
Statistics as Topic
Unconscious (Psychology)

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