CINCINNATI - Researchers at Hiroshima University have discovered a novel way to increase productivity.
More sleep? That's not it.
What the team found was that when they showed university students pictures of baby animals before they performed various tasks, the students did more productive work.
In the study , 48 students were recruited to do a simple task, similar to playing the board game Operation, according to a Washington Post story. They had to drop various body pieces into holes without touching the edges.
Students did this under a few different conditions -- after seeing pictures of baby animals, after seeing adult animals, and after seeing pleasant foods. By far, the cute baby animals resulted in the best results.
You can read the full study, go to http://www.plosone.org/article/info:doi/10.1371/journal.pone.0046362 .
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