Science suggests that people are more likable if their name matches their face
Did you know that there is a science behind whether your name matches your face? It’s all to do with the sounds of your name and the measurements and angles of your profile.
A study, by researchers at the University of Otago in New Zealand, shows that people are more likeable when their name matches their face – so round faces are better paired with round sounding names, like Bob, and angular faces suit sharper sounding names, like Christina. This is known as the bouba/kiki effect.
Want to find out how likeable you are?
You’ve got to measure the shape of your face and the sounds of your name using a point system. Have a go at this personality test, presented by The Guardian…
1. Give yourself points in terms of your face shape:
Angular face: 3 points
Rounded face: 1 point
In between angular and rounded: 2 points
2. Measure your first name by giving points to the vowels in it:
a: 2 points
e: 3 points
i: 3 points
o: 1 point
u: 1 point
Now take the average of your name score. For example, for the name Stephanie it would be: e: 3, a:2 , i: 3, e: 3 (3 + 2 + 3 + 3) ÷ 4 = 11 ÷ 4 = 2.75
3. Calculate the difference between your face-score and your name-score by subtracting whichever number is smaller from whichever is larger. So for a Stephanie with a round face, it would be 2.75 – 1 = 1.
4. The smaller the resulting number, the more likeable you are. The results range from 0 to 2. So if you score 0 you are the most likeable sort of person – well, according to this test anyway.
So how likeable are you?