Yes, you read that right. There’s an actual science behind why we find babies so completely adorable…
Scientists have discovered that there are certain traits that make adults think babies are cute.
The specific traits, called ‘baby schema’, are thought to help make us want to take care of babies, say scientists in YouTube series ASAPScience.
Scientists believe that familiar baby characteristics, including protruding cheeks, big forehead, a round body and soft skin, may increase a baby’s chance of survival because they lead to us interacting, nurturing and protecting that baby.
‘Unlike many other specifies, once born human babies are entirely dependent on their parents for survival,’ says the video’s narrator. ‘As a result, humans have adapted to find certiain traits aesthetically pleasing and downright adorable in an effect to increase interaction, care and protection from parents.’
In fact, the video explains that when we look at a photo of a baby with more baby schema traits, we feel a stronger urge to take care of that baby.
‘In tests where baby photos are manipulated to have more “baby schema” traits,’ says AsapSCIENCE co-creator Mitchell Moffit. ‘They're rated as cuter and participants felt a stronger motivation to take care of these babies.’
What’s your favourite baby trait? Let us know in the comments box below.
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