Study: Viewing Cute Pet Pics at Work Improves Focus

Today is National Pet Day and according to science, screwing around on Twitter and browsing cat photos can improve your focus.

In a study published in the journal PLoS ONE, psychological scientists from Hiroshima University in Japan demonstrated that “cute” pictures of baby animals, including puppies and kittens, can have powerful effects on attention and concentration.

Led by researcher Hiroshi Nittono, the team conducted three experiments with 132 university students and concluded that cute images may facilitate improved performance on detail-oriented tasks that require concentration.

So the next time your boss catches you surfing iguana videos, just tell him you’re improving your concentration skills. Here’s Twitter’s best compilation of adorable animals for your procrastination health habit.