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The Power Of Photos

We all know the great power of photographs. They can invoke all kinds of emotions, feelings and thoughts. They do speak louder than any words could.

A recent Japanese study reveals that beautiful pictures, particularly of adorable young animals, can do more than just make us feel happy or thrilled.  Seeing these images can also help boost concentration and improve work performance.

The study, aptly titled "Power of Kawaii," was conducted by researchers at the Hiroshima University. In Japanese, the word 'kawaii' means cute. Through three different experiments, the researchers found that respondents showed higher levels of concentration after looking at pictures of puppies or kittens.

In the study, more than a hundred university students, who served as respondents, were divided into three groups that were given different tasks. The participants from the first two groups were given the same task of picking up small objects without touching the hole of the container. Both groups have to perform the same task twice: before and after looking at seven pictures of puppies and kittens for the first group and the adult animal versions of the second group.

To determine whether the power of cute extends beyond care-related tasks, the last group was asked to find a given number from a random sequence of numbers within a certain time limit. The participants also performed the given tasks twice – before and after looking at seven pictures of either puppies and kittens or adult animal versions.

In the number experiment, one subset of subjects was given food images like steak, pasta and sushi to see whether “pleasant” images elicited similar effects as cute ones. The subjects were told the pictures, which were viewed during a “break” in the tasks, were for a separate experiment.

In the Operation experiment, the participants who were shown images of puppies and kittens performed their tasks better after the break than those who looked at cats and dogs. Performance scores improved by 44 percent. They also took their time. The time it took to complete the task increased by 12 percent.

As conclusion, researchers say that the finding suggests that viewing cute images makes participants behave more deliberately and perform tasks with greater time and care.

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