Moniker Maladies: When Names Sabotage Success | Nelson, Simmons

Leif D. Nelson (UCB, Haas), Joseph P. Simmons (U. Penn, Wharton); Moniker Maladies: When Names Sabotage Success; 2007-03-17; 23 pages.

Abstract

People like their names enough to unconsciously approach consciously-avoided name-resembling outcomes.

  1. Baseball players avoid strikeouts, but players with strikeout-signifying K-initials strike out more than others (Study 1).
  2. All students want A’s, but C- and D-initialed students find initial-resembling outcomes less aversive and achieve lower GPAs (Study 2),
  3. … particularly if they like their initials (Study 3).
  4. Because lower GPAs lead to lesser graduate schools, C- and D-initialed students go to lower ranked law schools than their A- and B-initialed counterparts (Study 4).
  5. Finally, in an experimental design, participants perform worse when a consolation prize shares their first initial (Study 5).

These findings provide striking evidence that unconscious wants can insidiously undermine conscious pursuits.

If You Have a Smart Phone, Anyone Can Now Track Your Every Move | Christopher Mims, Technology Review

Christopher Mims; If You Have a Smart Phone, Anyone Can Now Track Your Every Move; In MIT Technology Review; 2013-04-20.
Teaser: Navizon I.T.S. makes it easy to pinpoint Wi-Fi devices anywhere its listening nodes are installed.

Mentions

Anonymized Phone Location Data Not So Anonymous, Researchers Find | Kim Zetter, Wired

Via: Kim Zetter; Anonymized Phone Location Data Not So Anonymous, Researchers Find; In Infosecurity Magazine; 2013-03-27.

References

  • Yves-Alexandre de Montjoye, César A. Hidalgo, Michel Verleysen & Vincent D. Blondel; Unique in the Crowd: The privacy bounds of human mobility

Also noted.

How To Break Anonymity of the Netflix Prize Dataset | Arvind Narayanan, Vitaly Shmatikov

Arvind Narayanan, Vitaly Shmatikov; Robust De-anonymization of Large Datasets (How to Break Anonymity of the Netflix Prize Database; tech report; arXiv; 2006-10-18, updated 2007-11-22; 24 pages; landing.

  • Originally appeared at Proceedings of the 2008 IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy (SP) , Oakland CA, 2008.
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