Can you beat the researchers' computer algorithm top score of 64 per cent accuracy in matching the names of strangers to their faces? Each correct match is worth 16.6 per cent. A score of 4/6 is a 66 per cent accuracy, beating the algorithm.Answers to the quiz are at the bottom of the page.
We also think a woman called Katherine will be more successful in life than one called Scarlett. The team found that people could match a face to the name of a stranger correctly almost half the time, far better than results from random selection, which managed 20 to 25 per cent accuracy.
They found that a computer can be specially programmed to recognise faces and score around 54 to 64 per cent accuracy.The researchers, from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, say that faces can match names because of social norms and stereotypes.
The researchers claim that manifestation of the name in a face might be due to people subconsciously altering their appearance to conform to cultural norms and cues associated with their names.'We are familiar with such a process from other stereotypes, like ethnicity and gender, where sometimes the stereotypical expectations of others affect who we become,' said lead-author Yonat Zwebner, a PhD candidate at the the Hebrew University of Jerusalem at the time of the research.
Prior research has shown there are cultural stereotypes attached to names, including how someone should look.