Ummid Assistant

Jamia Millia launches courses on China, Afghanistan

IGNOU launches value education programme for teachers

Welcome Guest! You are here: Home Education & Career

Surname can influence your career choice!

Wednesday December 21, 2011 05:47:59 PM, IANS

London: A surname can influence one's career choices. Scientists are exploring a new theory on how people are drawn to professions based on their surnames.

The concept has a new name, nominative determinism, to explain why it occurs. The journal New Scientist coined the term after observing that the subject matter of a series of science books and articles bore relevance to the authors' surnames.

John Hoyland, editor of the journal said: "A reader wrote in to tell me that they had come across a paper on incontinence in the British Journal of Urology which was written by J.W. Splatt and D. Weedon," according to the Telegraph.

"I had noticed, as it happens, on the same day in the office, a book on the Arctic called 'Pole Positions: The Polar Regions and the Future of the Planet', by Daniel Snowman. These two things went together in my mind and I thought there's something going on here," said Hoyland.

Research is now being undertaken in search of an explanation for the phenomenon. A study has concluded that people are disproportionately likely to choose careers whose labels resemble their names, the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology reported.

The study cites the disproportionate number of dentists called Denise or Dennis as an example of the trend.

Authors Brett Pelham, Matthew Mirenberg and John Jones concluded that the phenomenon occurs because people prefer things that are connected to the self (for example, the letters in one's name).

However, the journal New Scientist points out that it is more difficult to explain examples of people who have unfortunate surnames in relation to their jobs such as doctors called Pain or consultant urologist named Nicholas Burns-Cox.





Bookmark and Share

Home | Top of the Page


Note: By posting your comments here you agree to the terms and conditions of

Comments powered by DISQUS






Top Stories

Lokpal bill with PM in but CBI out approved

Anna Hazare and the government were set for a showdown after the cabinet Tuesday finalised its Lokpal bill bringing the prime minister under its ambit but leaving out two other key demands of the activists

Make Lokpal independent but accountable, say former officials

Lokpal bill could create a 'Gaddafi': Thackeray


  Most Read

Indian Muslims: Re-imaging our predicament

The genesis of the problems for Indian Muslims can be traced back to the Sepoy Mutiny of 1857. When Mangal Pandey, a Hindu soldier in the sepoy regiment of the East  

Indian Olympic Association asks IOC to remove Dow as sponsor

The Indian Olympic Association (IOA), in a strongly worded letter Tuesday, asked the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to reconsider 2012 London Games' sponsorship deal with Dow Chemicals  

No boycott of Olympics but will protest against Dow: India


  News Pick

Kashmir rights panel orders arrest of senior cop

In a significant development, Jammu and Kashmir's State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) Tuesday ordered the 

Kashmir Police register case for text book depiction of cops as 'cruel'

Former student in court to lift ban on Jamia students' union poll

A former student of Jamia Millia Islamia Tuesday moved the Delhi High Court seeking quashing of a 2006 decision of the central university to ban elections to the students union. Petitioner Ikrar Khan alleged that it was   

Privatization of Education in India

The reason this is possible is the difference in approach between the two. The public education system following a top-down approach is accountable only to the government machinery. So even if the teachers in public schools  


Picture of the Day

Jamia Vice- Chancellor Najeeb Jung confer the degree of "Doctor of Letters"( Honoris Causa) on Prof. Amartya Sen at a special convocation, in New Delhi on Friday.

(Photo: IANS)



RSS  |  Contact us


| Quick links



Subscribe to

Ummid Assistant






About us




Government Schemes










Contact us





    Disclaimer | Terms of Use | Advertise with us | Link Exchange is part of the Awaz Multimedia & Publications providing World News, News Analysis and Feature Articles on Education, Health. Politics, Technology, Sports, Entertainment, Industry etc. The articles or the views displayed on this website are for public information and in no way describe the editorial views. The users are entitled to use this site subject to the terms and conditions mentioned.

2010 Awaz Multimedia & Publications. All rights reserved.