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 Science Of Cute: What Baby Animals Do To Your Brain

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.


Usually the greatest fear after a wild night of partying isn't what you said that you might regret, but how you'll look in your friends' tagged photos. Although you left the house looking like a 10, those awkward group selfies make you feel more like a 5, prompting you to wonder, "Why do I look different in pictures?"

It's a weird phenomenon that, thanks to selfies, is making people question their own mirrors. Are pictures the "real" you or is it your reflection? Have mirrors been lying to us this whole time??

The answer to that is a bit tricky. The good news is that there's a big chance that Quasimodo-looking creature that stares back at you in your selfies isn't an accurate depiction of the real you. But your mirror isn't completely truthful either.

Below, a scientific breakdown that might explain those embarrassing tagged photos of you:

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