WHAT’S IN A NAME?

Mother & Baby (Australia) - - Contents -

If you’ve ever called out to a mem­ber of your family, only to run through the names of ev­ery­one in your house – in­clud­ing the pets and even other rel­a­tives not present – you’re not alone. Re­searchers have dis­cov­ered there’s a sci­en­tific rea­son for this. It’s not be­cause your chil­dren look alike or share sim­i­lar habits, it’s be­cause of the close re­la­tion­ship you have to them.

Ac­cord­ing to re­searchers, the mis­nam­ing of fa­mil­iar in­di­vid­u­als is driven by the re­la­tion­ship be­tween the mis­namer, mis­named and named. So the closer you are to some­one, the more likely you are to mix up their name. And be­cause your chil­dren are the peo­ple you love most, when you try to re­mem­ber one of their names, you’re likely to run through them all. So the next time you call out ‘SamLucy-Jonathon-Spot!’, re­mem­ber it’s be­cause you love them so much – not be­cause of any cog­ni­tive de­cline!

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