Parents Prefer Popular Names. Ho-hum.

According to psychologists Todd Gureckis and Robert Goldstone, parents in the U.S. like baby names that are currently popular and baby names that are becoming popular.

They claim that, while parents have long been drawn to names that are already topping the charts, this bias toward names that are merely on their way up is something new.

“How You Named Your Child: Understanding the Relationship Between Individual Decision Making and Collective Outcomes” was just published in Topics in Cognitive Science. You can download it from NYU’s computation + cognition lab.

Source: U.S. parents like baby names that aren’t overused


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