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Does Productivity go Up After You Look at a Cute Kitten?

Maybe cat ladies are on to something, and then again, maybe not.

by
Helen Smith

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October 1, 2012 - 1:28 pm

 

That’s what a new study says:

When economists talk about boosting productivity, they usually talk about increasing the adoption of new technologies and optimizing workflows. Japanese researchers, however, have come up with a very offbeat approach: Showing workers lots of pictures of adorable, fuzzy, baby animals.

A team of researchers at Hiroshima University recently conducted a study where they showed university students pictures of baby animals before completing various tasks. What they found, in research published today, was that those who saw the baby animal pictures did more productive work after seeing those photographs – even more than those who saw a picture of an adult animal or a pleasant food.

Well, I guess it’s time to view the One Cute Thing a Day blog for inspiration.

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Helen Smith is a psychologist specializing in forensic issues in Knoxville, Tennessee, and blogs at Dr. Helen.
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