Gazing at cute baby animals 'increases productivity at work'

Last Updated: Mon, Dec 10, 2012 08:03 hrs

Spending office hours staring at cuteand cuddly animals could actually help boost your work performance,researchers say.

Researchers at Hiroshima University recently found that university students who viewed images of baby animals like puppies and kittens performed set tasks with greater time and care.

Apparently, staring at "less cute" adult animals or "pleasant foods" like steak or sushi was not nearly so productive,


The study, called The Power of Kawaii , found that the positive emotions produced by looking at baby animals seems to trigger not only happiness but a "narrowed attentional focus", which in turn improves our ability to concentrate.

Tertiary students who were shown images of cute baby animals were better at playing games and counting the number of times a specified number appeared in a sequence.

The researchers suggested that workers be subjected to cute images to induce careful behaviour when driving or in the office. (ANI)

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