Friday, August 17, 2007

A Study in Psychology

Kulani took an introductory class in psychology when he was a freshman at BYU. In the class he learned of a study involving pictures of newborns. Participants were asked to match the pictures of infants to pictures of their supposed biological parents, both father and mother. Some low percentage of the people were able to match the baby to the mother, but a large percentage of people were able to match the father with the infant. In other words, babies come out looking like their fathers. Pyschologists could say there are a number of reasons for this phenomenon: 1) It helps the father to better bond with the baby. Oh, he/she looks like me! I love him/her! (2) It helps establish who the father of the baby is. (Think Maury Povich's voice: You ARE the father!)


It's an interesting study, and one that is easy to determine between Kulani and me, since we look very different. The following are pictures of my three girls just days after they were born. You be the judge. Do they look more like me or Kulani? To refresh the memory, here's a picture of Kulani and me:



Baby 1 (AKA Lilia):


Baby 2 (AKA Melissa):



Baby 3 (AKA Nohea):


Now when Kulani goes anywhere with the girls without me around, he sometimes illicits funny stares: People think he's kidnapped some blonde-headed couple's kids. My girls look most like me now. It's still left to be seen how Nohea will turn out. So far, she still very much looks like Kulani.


7 comments:

MarySquare said...

Is it just me or does Nohea look a little like Doug's Carly in that picture? She doesn't look anything like that now, but in that picture she does.

Amo said...

Nohea is starting to take on Carly's shape, if that means anything. (Although no baby could equal Carly's queenly stature!).

Amo said...

P.S. Cindy, what are you doing posting things so early in the morning? No wonder you are talking psycology!

Fish lady, Fish, and Guppies said...

Amo, I'm trying to work, but I had to take a break. I concur with Mary: Carly reminds me of a lunch lady. Not that being a lunch lady is bad. When my kids are in school, I'd like to do my hair like Carly's and become a lunch lady. I'll embarass my kids by singing loudly while the kids are coming through the line: "Sloppy joes, sloppy, sloppy joes."

Devin said...
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Devin said...

Fish looks sooo happy to have his picture taken in that first photo. Pretty funny...

Patience & Co. said...

You need to have dozens more babies.
They are so beautiful!
I agree with the psychology thing too. Mr. Charming was his father's spitting image for 3 months, and now, he looks like my toddler photos (minus the big bird clothing).