How LOL Cats Can Make You Productive

From the same Far Eastern culture that created Pokemon and Hello Kitty, here’s a pointer on staying sharp:

Japanese scientists tested people who viewed images with the quality they call kawaii—“cute” in Japanese—like kittens and puppies. The researchers found that their subjects were more careful and focused afterward, and performed better on tasks such as driving and office work.

In the series of experiments, university students performed fine motor dexterity tasks before and after viewing images of baby animals such as puppies and kittens. Students also performed the same tests before and after viewing images of adult animals, such as dogs and cats, pleasant foods, and neutral objects. Results show that participants performed tasks requiring focused attention more carefully after viewing cute images.

Why? Well, researchers theorize it’s because we want to examine these images more closely, so we pay more attention to details in other tasks, too—at least for a while.  So if your mind is wandering, a visit with could ramp up your concentration. 


Betsy Simnacher is a freelance writer who has been published in numerous newspapers and magazines nationwide. She lives in the suburbs of Dallas.

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