There are few people in the world who will remain indifferent at the sight of fluffy kittens, puppies, lambs or penguin cubs. How It Works magazine looked into the secret behind these cute little faces and found out that it is a manifestation of an evolutionary need to take care of our own children.
The traditional “set” of children's charms looks something like this: large wide-open eyes, large head, chubby body and soft outer tissues. By the way, the creators of some inanimate objects strive to adapt these signs to their products. So one of the latest BMW models - the Mini Cooper is equipped with rounded headlights, somewhat reminiscent of a pair of children's eyes.
At the sight of something very cute, the mesocorticolimbic systems of the brain begin to activate, which is directly related to the processes of motivation. The image of a child triggers the release of dopomine in an adult, a chemical that stimulates pleasant feelings, which is especially characteristic of the state of falling in love.
The brain thus kind of encourages our memory, motivating us to do it over and over again. Communicating with pets is a great example of our kind involvement. The brain reacts positively to this, prompting us to take care of our smaller brothers as if they were our own children.