Published On: Wed, Jun 8th, 2016

Why kids attract us

smiling baby looking at camera under a white blanket/towel

smiling baby looking at camera under a white blanket/towel

Almost everyone likes children and kids. Whenever we see them a feel of love and care arises somewhere inside the heart and without any reason we pass and a lovely and cute smile on the innocent creature. But a question arises that why do babies make almost everyone crack a smile? No one knows this previously but now the latest research study has discovered that the cuteness of babies is made to attract to the entire our senses to activate our care-giving behaviors, which are very important for them to stay alive and flourish.

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Morten Kringelbach, who is the leading researcher of the study from the University of Oxford, stated that “Infants attract us through all our senses, which helps make cuteness one of the most basic and powerful forces shaping our behavior,”

Reviewing the up-and-coming literature on how cute infants and animals affect the brain, the research team of the study discovered that cuteness supports main parental capabilities by setting fire to rapid prevailing neural activity pursued by slower dealing out in great brain networks also included in the play, empathy and, perhaps, even higher-order moral emotions.

The data illustrated that descriptions of cuteness ought to not be restricted only to visual characteristics, but also involve optimistic infant sounds and smells.

From an evolutionary standpoint, cuteness is an important potent defensive mechanism that makes sure continued existence for otherwise totally dependent infants.

Kringelbach continued by saying that “This is the first evidence of its kind to show that cuteness helps infants to survive by eliciting caregiving, which cannot be reduced to simple, instinctual behaviors,”

The research study — which is presented in the journal Trends in Cognitive Sciences — illustrates that cuteness affects both men and women — even the people devoid of kids.


About the Author

Sidra Muntaha

- Sidra Tul Muntaha is a journalist (MA-Mass Communication and M.Phil in Mass Communication) based in Lahore. She is working as an editor at fashion, style and entertainment in the section of the Kooza. She writes fashion and entertainment articles for The Kooza News.