6 Apr 2018

The Panel pre-show for 6 April 2018

From The Panel, 3:52 pm on 6 April 2018

Have you heard of nominative determinism?

It's the theory that people are drawn to jobs that match their names - for example the local plumber when I was growing up in a small town was called Neville Leak - the proctologist called Dr Butts, Mr Baker the baker.

It's part of what researchers call "implicit egotism" - which is  the idea that we're attracted to things that remind us of ourselves.

Brett Pelham, a psychology professor at Montgomery College in Maryland has been researching this implicit egotism and says there is evidence to suggest that your name can determine your job.