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    Default Virginias in Virginia

    Do these "Virginias in Virginia" , " laywers named Lawrence," mean there are actually such people or just findings or representation? If it is the latter, how does it come to be represented?

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    ex)In one study, researchers asked people to rank how much they liked ordinary, everyday items like a drink holder, comb, stapler, and so on. But the survey had a catch : each person was given one of the items on the list as a gift before they were asked to rank their performances. As trivial as the gift seemed, people ranked the gift they received higher when comparing and then ranking the twenty items. If it's ours, it must be better! In another study, researcher found that we're influenced by something as simple as the letters in our name. The results showed there is statistically an overrepresentation of Georges in Georgia, Virginias in Virginia, and Marys in Maryland. There are more laywers named Lawrence, dentists Dennis or Denise, and hardware stores owned by people whose names begin with the letter H than would normally be represented...

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    Default Re: Virginias in Virginia

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    The author means there are a large number of people in Georgia named George or Georgia, in the dentist profession named Dennis or Denise, in Virginia named Virginia, and in the lawyer profession named Lawrence.

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    Default Re: Virginias in Virginia

    And the reason for their existence is that someone made a choice based on the coincidence of the names.

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