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Study of the Decade: Looking at Photos of Cute Animals Linked to Increased Work Performance

Looking  at Cute Animals Makes You Work Harder

Read the full text here:  http://www.mentalfloss.com/blogs/archives/152984#ixzz2DLCBgKkW –brought to you by mental_floss!

“If your boss has ever gotten on your back for looking at Cute Overload, I Can  Has Cheezburger or any other site filled with pictures of adorable little  animals, you can now defend your predilection for precious pet pictures. As it  turns out, researchers have discovered that looking at pictures of cute animals  can boost your focus and improve your work performance.

To figure this out, scientists at Hiroshima  University in Japan had students perform a number of tasks, including playing a  game sort of like Operation before and after viewing pictures of baby  (“cute”) and adult (“less cute”) animals. “Results show that participants  performed tasks requiring focused attention more carefully after viewing cute  images. This is interpreted as the result of a narrowed attentional focus  induced by the cuteness-triggered positive emotion,” the study reads.

If you’re interested, you can read more about it over  at io9, but you’ll probably be better off just looking at more cute animal  pictures and getting back to work instead. ”

Study of the Decade: Looking at Photos of Cute Animals Linked to Increased Work Performance

http://io9.com/5947360/study-of-the-decade-looking-at-photos-of-cute-animals-linked-to-increased-work-performance

Pullquote: “there’s something unequivocally excellent about reading things like “cuteness-triggered positive emotion” in peer-reviewed scientific research.”

Stephen

 

Posted on: November 26, 2012, 10:03 am Category: Uncategorized

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