New Evidence Suggests Your Name May Change Your Physical Appearance

“There is something about an Emily that … just looks like an Emily”

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Most parents can remember the subtle mix of excitement and anxiety accompanying the choice of their baby’s name—it will follow the child his or her entire life. But the effect could be even more significant. In research recently published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, our research team shows that the stereotype that a given society has of a first name can influence the way people look.

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