Japanese researchers prove there's a scientific benefit to wasting all morning looking at LOLcats
It's impossible to do anything online without running into a picture of an aww-inducing kitten, baby otter, or other painfully cute animal. Distracting as those pictures may seem, there's a reason to keep looking: Scientists recently proved that all those painfully adorable animal photos aren't distracting you at all — they're actually aiding in your concentration.
Researchers at Hiroshima University in Japan recently exposed a group of test subjects to images of puppies and kittens before having them complete a number of tasks. Those who were exposed to near lethal levels of adorableness were found to be 44% better at playing the childrens' game Operation than those leading a cuteness-free lifestyle. They were also slightly slower — a sign that researchers believe shows that the pictures elicited a heightened level of caring and concentration. In a separate number puzzle task, the group that looked at cute pictures scored 16% better.
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