In Print and In Person

Should you, dear reader, for some reason feel the self-destructive impulse to read even more of my quasi-legal ramblings, or perhaps if you are looking for something a little bit more academically inclined, I present, for your perusal, a comprehensive list of my publications and speaking engagements to date:

Publications:

Presentations:


*For those of you who eagle-eyed enough to notice the rather contrived switch in naming convention from “Shane McNamee” to “Shane P McNamee”, I would provide two primary defences:

  1. My middle name, defying all Irish stereotypes, is in fact “Patrick”. This name shows up on a number of official documents, as well as university degrees, and as such I feel justified in including my criminally-underused middle name for the purposed of academic engagement,
  2. More importantly, I plead that in this case I am simply following the science. Contrived or creative as academic naming conventions may be, there is good evidence that one’s work is looked upon in a more favourable light on the inclusion of that magic extra letter. I refer you to the recent work of Wijnand A. P. van Tilburg and Eric R. Igou, “The impact of middle names: Middle name initials enhance evaluations of intellectual performance“, European Journal of Social Psychology, Eur. J. Soc. Psychol. 44, 400–411 (2014), DOI: 10.1002/ejsp.2026

Middle name initials often appear in formal contexts, especially when people refer to intellectual achievements. On the basis of this common link, the display of middle initials increases positive evaluations of people’s intellectual capacities and
achievements.

Middle initials in authors’ names increased the evaluation of their writing performance (Study 1), and middle initials increased perceptions of status (Studies 2 and 4). Moreover, the middle initials effect was specific to intellectual performance (Studies 3 and 6), and it was mediated by perceived status (Studies 5-7). Besides supporting our hypotheses, the results of these studies yield important implication for everyday life.

See also Thomas A. Jacobs, “I.M. Smart: Middle Initials Signal Intelligence – A first-of-its-kind study finds we associate middle initials with intellectual heft“, Pacific Standard, 30 April 2014,

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