Looking at cute baby animals helps you work harder

Here's some good news for just about everybody on the Internet. Researchers at Hiroshima University have discovered that looking at photos of cute baby animals actually helps raise productivity and make people perform their jobs more efficiently.

That's right: your employer should probably start allowing a few minutes of puppy and kitty time a day. In three experiments, they studied their cognition and dexterity of 48 college students. In the first, the subjects played a game similar to Operation. In the second, they performed a visual search using number matrices, and the third experiment tested the participants' focus.

In every single experiment, the folks who looked at cute baby animal photos outperformed the ones who did not. They even outperformed those who looked at photos of adult animals.

"This study shows that viewing cute things improves subsequent performance in tasks that require behavioral carefulness, possibly by narrowing the breadth of attentional focus," the researchers wrote.

So, you've now got a legitimate excuse to spend a few hours, err, minutes a day experiencing cute overload. And remember, the cuter the animal, the better you perform!

Via The Atlantic

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