A Japanese study claims that looking at photos–and we’ll assume videos–of cute animals will make us more productive at work. We knew it! Based on the description of the studies done at Hiroshima University, we’re certain this conclusion is rock solid and we’re also a little jealous we don’t get to participate in cool experiments like this. According to LiveScience:
In the first part of the experiment, 48 college students were asked to complete a game not unlike Milton Bradley’s “Operation.” Using tweezers, they had to pluck out 14 tiny pieces from holes in the body of a “patient.” After one round of the game, half of the students looked at seven images of baby animals (considered the cute images) while the others viewed pictures of adult animals.
Then the participants tried their hand at the operation task again. The students who had just looked at the baby animal pictures were able to pluck out more of the game pieces than they had before, while the others hardly improved their performance.