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The anatomy of cuteness: it’s built right in

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Have you ever wondered why puppies, kittens and small animals are so cute and what they do to your brain? Well today you are about to find out.

The brain is a mystery to most, something one could never fully understand, but there are some things we do know about our brain. One of those things is how our brains react to cute things. When you see something in front of you and you think it’s cute, that is your orbitofrontal cortex. Your orbitofrontal cortex is a huge part of your emotions and pleasures, on top of that scientists have found out that it activates in a seventh of a second when you see something cute, but what really makes something cute to the human brain. I

n a test by ethologist, Konrad Lorenz, in 1949, it showed that the brain finds things the cutest when they have, a big head relative to body size, a larger forehead, large eyes, a small nose and a small chin. These are all features of babies and toddlers, which lead to the feeling that something cute needs protection and care. That’s why you see dogs that you may think aren’t cute but their owners think they are adorable.

That isn’t all, cuteness adds a certain extra care for cuter animals, it was found that the cuter the animal the more willing humans are to look after it. On top of that, seeing cute things actually improves brain performance. A study, by Hiroshi Nittono at Hiroshima University, showed that seeing cute things caused the test subjects to feel happier, eliminate distractions, and focus their attention. So bringing more cute things into your life can have positive effects on your mind and soul. It is in our human nature for cute things to have these types of affects on us.

Does that mean you bring puppies into your workplace?  The answer seems pretty clear.

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