Thanks for joining us for Lunchtime Trivia Today! We had a bunch of fun on the phones asking you to answer this question: There is a study which says you can guess this about a person 1 out of 4 times just by looking at them. What is it?
The answer was: Their name!
This new study found that we can actually guess about one out of every four people’s names JUST by looking at them.
In the study, researchers showed participants a picture of a person’s face and a list of four or five names. And they were able to correctly match the name to the face 25% to 40% of the time. If they were just guessing at random they should have only been correct 20% to 25% of the time.
The researchers think it’s because names have subtle stereotypes, like, quote, “[We] imagine a person named Bob to have a rounder face than a person named Tim.” And over time, people wind up letting those stereotypes influence their appearance.
Thanks to all who played along with us Today, we look forward to doing it again Tomorrow!
Today’s question came from The American Psychological Association
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