Science behind finding small things cute and affectionate

There are a lot of studies which have been done on emotions such as anger, fear etc but only a few are conducted on why we find things “cute”.

All we know about cuteness is that when we find anything to be cute it is usually associated with the size and the things which are “little” in size are likely to be considered cute. Here is the science behind all the small things which we find cute, may it be kittens, puppies, babies, figurines and the impact that they have on us.

Nurturing nature of us

Recent studies have shown that the concept of cuteness of things does not only depend upon the small eyes and big eyes but it also depends upon the auditory factors such as baby laugher or a barking puppy. These factors are also responsible for bringing up the feelings of caregiving and affection. According to research, we don’t think that little things are cute. But we find cute things actually smaller than their actual size.

Small things make you act caring

Whenever we find something cute, we try to protect the things of our affection. We try to be more gentle with those things. In a study, the participants who saw the cute images of animals performed better than the participants who did not in a children’s game.

They are not harmful

We find that small things cannot hurt us. We find infants so cute because we know that they are helpless and they can’t harm us which makes us more affectionate towards them. One of the major reason for finding something cute is that there is no feeling of being threatened by them.


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Complex details catch the mind

The fact that small things have limited space and they have visuals which are fit into that little space. The mind finds the richness in those features more appealing. This is why you are so caring and affectionate towards miniatures and small thin

Ruth Karpenter

Ruth is the senior contributor to Weird News Ledger, and can’t really think of a better job than one that lets her read and write interesting stories on everything from aliens and asteroids to Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster. Ruth previously worked in magazines at Transcontinental Media and headed up the lifestyle department at Sun Media. Her Twitter bio describes her as a “reader, writer, eater,, fancy geek, summer cyclist,” which pretty much sums up how she spends her time outside of work.

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