The Science Of Cute: What Baby Animals Do To Your Brain

Japanese grad students have been investigating one of science’s great mysteries… the impact of cute stuff on our brains. They've found a practical way to test how people perform after being exposed to something adorable. First, the study group was asked to do an intricate task. Then they were shown pictures of baby animals, adult animals, and tasty food. When they went back to the task, the group performed it better, especially after seeing the baby animals. Check out the chart to see the impressive super powers of baby animals.

The study concluded that our brains associate small animals with needing care and attention. So just looking at the little critters improves our focus, concentration, and productivity. Purely in the interest of advancing the science of cute, here’s a video so you can test that theory for yourself.