Do people's first names match their faces?

Kramer, Robin S.S. and Jones, A.L. (2015) Do people's first names match their faces? Journal of Articles in Support of the Null Hypothesis, 12 (1). pp. 1-8. ISSN 1539-8714

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We often feel that people’s first names suit their faces in some way. Evidence has already shown that we share common stereotypes about how people with particular names should look. Here, we investigate whether there is any accuracy to these beliefs. Simply, can we match people’s names to their faces? Across two experiments, we tested whether American (Experiment 1) and British participants (Experiment 2) were able to match the first names of strangers with photographs of their faces. Although Experiment 1 provided some initial support for accuracy in female participants, we were unable to replicate this result in Experiment 2. Therefore, we find no overall evidence to suggest that particular names and faces are associated with each other.

Keywords:First names, Facial appearance, Facial stereotypes, Face perception
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C800 Psychology
C Biological Sciences > C830 Experimental Psychology
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Psychology
ID Code:29135
Deposited On:27 Oct 2017 10:01

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