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Recently, an article was published on how kawaii, Japanese for cute, helped improve fine motor performance and visual searching.  Participants that viewed photos of puppies and kittens improved their fine motor performance in the game Operation compared to those that looked at photos of adult dogs and cats.  A different group were tested in a visual task after viewing cute (puppies and kittens) or not as cute (adult dogs and cats).  Those that viewed the cute photos were on average quicker at identifying particular letters or numbers in a matrix than those who viewed the not as cute photos.

The authors conclude in part that

Kawaii things not only make us happier, but also affect our behavior. This study shows that viewing cute things improves subsequent performance in tasks that require behavioral carefulness, possibly by narrowing the breadth of attentional focus.
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The puppy below is dedicated to everyone here.  Thank you for making the world a better place.  Lubs, Mz. Maggie and her Meowmy
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