Episode 6: What makes some things so cute?
This week we’re looking at the science of cute! What makes some animals and babies so adorable? Why was this so important for our survival? What is the cutest animal in the world? And maybe along the way we get a little off track and end up discussing… well, a little bit of everything! It’s a fun one!
Glocker, M. L., et al (2009). Baby Schema in Infant Faces Induces Cuteness Perception and Motivation for Caretaking in Adults. Ethology : Formerly Zeitschrift Fur Tierpsychologie, 115(3), pp.257–263. (Available at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3260535/)
Hildebrandt KA, Fitzgerald HE. (1978) Adults’ responses to infants varying in perceived cuteness. Behavioural Processes. 3(2)pp.159–172.
Kringelbach ML, et al. (2008) A Specific and Rapid Neural Signature for Parental Instinct. PLOS ONE 3(2) (Available at: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0001664)
The Psychopath Test – Jon Ronson (Not directly related to cute stuff, but referenced in Podcast)
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