WHAT’S IN A NAME?
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!