Oxford researchers have revealed the reason why babies and puppies are considered cute.
Characteristics like: big eyes, chubby cheeks, and laughter are designed to assist in the infant’s survival. These characteristics encourage others to look at them, and care for them. By evoking this caring response, neural networks in the brain of the observer trigger an attachment between the infant and the elder.
Other than these visual characteristics, smell is also a form of attraction towards the caregiver. The care-giving response can be found in men and women, including those who have never had children.
Care-giving is considered as careful and deliberate examples of pro-social behaviors that provide the infant with logical and emotional responses towards their needs. These pro-social behaviors can be anything derived from pleasure, which can be listening to music, eating, watching a film, or having a conversation.
The study continues to examine the changes of a male and female’s mind after they have children.
It is said that a good precaution of having children, is having a puppy. Now, we can say that they’re closer to the same thing.