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Why Ross Said Rachel's Name At The Altar Instead Of Emily

It's out of love, okay?
PHOTO: Friends/NBC

If you mix up the names of your family members, it's not because you're losing your mind, but because you love them!

Over at NPR, they did an interview with scientist Samantha Deffler who set out to figure out why your mom always runs through all your sibling's names before she gets to yours.

Deffler's findings were published in the journal Memory & Cognition, and as far as scientific findings are concerned, they're pretty adorable.

"It's a normal cognitive glitch," Deffler said, and it's not related to bad memory or aging. In basic terms, we have folders for family names and friends names stored in our brain, so when we use the wrong name, it's just because we're picking one from the same folder.

"As you are preparing to produce the utterance, you're activating not just their name, but competing names," says Neil Mulligan, a cognitive scientist at UNC Chapel Hill. So, when your mom calls you by your brother Aidan's name, just know it's because you're both in the "I LOVE MY FAMILY SO MUCH" folder and not in the "HOLY SHIT MOM IS LOSING HER MIND" folder.

The "family" folder can also expand to include romantic relationships—hence, Ross, Rachel, and Emily! Oops! And even our pets—which is probably the realest thing about this study; my mom has called me my dog's name so many times, I've lost count.

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This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.