Viewing cute images increases behavioral carefulness.

  title={Viewing cute images increases behavioral carefulness.},
  author={Gary D. Sherman and Jonathan Haidt and James Arthur Coan},
  volume={9 2},
Infantile physical morphology-marked by its "cuteness"-is thought to be a potent elicitor of caregiving, yet little is known about how cuteness may shape immediate behavior. To examine the function of cuteness and its role in caregiving, the authors tested whether perceiving cuteness can enhance behavioral carefulness, which would facilitate caring for a small, delicate child. In 2 experiments, viewing very cute images (puppies and kittens)-as opposed to slightly cute images (dogs and cats)-led… Expand

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