Your name matches your face, research says

New research published by the American Psychological Association suggests there’s a good chance that the name you were given at birth matches the type of “look” you have.

Anne-Laure Sellier, researcher and co-author of the study says somehow human beings end up looking like their first names.

There is something about John that makes him look like a John...

Anne-Laure Sellier, researcher and co-author of study

Sellier says they picked random people for interviews and placed them in front of a computer and asked them to match a name to the face. They found that most of the time people were accurate in matching the name to the face.

We found this as a reliable effect, for each face we literally found that they look like their first name.

Anne-Laure Sellier, Researcher and co-author of study

According to the finding’s, people seem to grow into the facial features that society associates with certain names.

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