Written and created by Mitchell Moffit (twitter @mitchellmoffit) and Gregory Brown (twitter @whalewatchmeplz).
Special thanks to Earth Unplugged for all the animal footage!
Further Reading —
Aesthetic and Incentive Salience of Cute Infant Faces: Studies of Observer Sex, Oral Contraception and Menstrual Cycle
Isn’t It Cute: An Evolutionary Perspective of Baby-Schema Effects in Visual Product Designs
Is attentional prioritisation of infant faces unique in humans?: Comparative demonstrations by modified dot-probe task in monkeys.
Multisensory Integration in Non-Human Primates during a Sensory-Motor Task
Baby schema modulates the brain reward system in nulliparous women
Sweet Puppies and Cute Babies: Perceptual Adaptation to Babyfacedness Transfers across Species
The Power of Kawaii: Viewing Cute Images Promotes a Careful Behavior and Narrows Attentional Focus
Baby Schema in Infant Faces Induces Cuteness Perception and Motivation for Caretaking in Adults