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Science Says LOLcats Help You Work

Submitted by on October 2, 2012 – 8:16 am2 Comments

The next time your boss tells you to stop wasting time on CuteOverload or The Daily Puppy, tell him you’re boosting productivity; science proves it and everything.

A new study from Japan (home of the Kitty Industrial Complex!) reports that fine motor skills were dramatically improved in test subjects after looking at pictures of baby animals. Less notable increases were seen in subjects who looked at pictures of adult animals and “pleasant foods.”

The study’s Abstract suggests broadly that the improvement is due to “a narrowed attentional focus induced by the cuteness-triggered positive emotion.” But the researchers also hypothesize that the infantile appearance of the animals triggers increased caution and awareness:

Caring for babies (nurturance) not only involves tender treatments but also requires careful attention to the targets’ physical and mental states as well as vigilance against possible threats to the targets. If viewing cute things makes the viewer more attentive, the performance of a non-motor perceptual task would also be improved.

I have just one concern with the researchers otherwise-airtight reasoning: What happens when all that increased focus and vigilance is used only to look at more pictures of cute animals?

Well, until someone proves them wrong, check out some cute stuff and call it work:

What do you think?

[via Mother Jones]

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