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We look like our names but not because of self-styling
Pinnaree Tea-Makorn, Ph.D., Core Facuty, Sasin School Management
Friday July 8, 2022, 12:00 -13:00 pm.
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In a trivial sense, it is possible to tell people’s names from their faces. Gender, age, and ethnicity, are clearly displayed on one’s face and are linked with the likelihood of having a particular name. However, previous works have suggested a relationship between faces and names beyond those factors. Zwebner et al. (2017) posited that people tend to shape self-controllable appearance (hairstyle, in particular) according to their names, due to their behavior being influenced by the self-fulling prophecy from their names.
We explicitly tested for the influence of self-presentation by comparing the accuracy for expressionless pictures taken in the laboratory under highly controlled conditions (e.g., no makeup, facial hair, accessories, etc.) with social media pictures of the same individuals. We found that people are able to match social media images with names less accurately than lab images. This result suggests counter evidence to Zwebner et al. (2017)’s proposed mechanism since social media pictures give people the utmost freedom to express self-presentational features on their faces, including not only hairstyle but makeup, pose, and facial expressions.
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