Are puppies the secret to productivity?

“Viewing cute images improved performance on tasks that required carefulness,” researchers concluded. 

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“Viewing cute images improved performance on tasks that required carefulness,” researchers concluded. Earlier experiments found that people did a better job playing the game Operation after viewing photos of puppies and kittens. Researchers speculated that the cute images made subjects more attuned to being careful because baby animals suggest vulnerability… This means anyone who has to do work that requires careful attention, such as copyediting or accounting, could benefit.

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So go ahead and hang that poster of a puppy asleep on a shoe in your cubicle. “If people had the inclination to surround themselves with cuteness in the office, I wouldn’t discourage that,” Sherman said.

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