There's no question why baby animal photos go viral — they're adorable. But do they have a purpose other than giving you the warm and fuzzies? Science says yes. Researchers at Hiroshima University conducted a number of experiments on the topic, including one in which participants were asked to look at pictures of baby animals, adult animals, or appealing food. The intention was to investigate how cute animals—in this case, the baby ones—would affect subsequent job performance, and the results were clear. "Viewing cute things improves subsequent performance in tasks that require behavioral carefulness," the researchers wrote.