02 February 2013

The Power of Kawaii?

This just in -- a scientific study asserting that viewing cute ("kawaii" in Japanese) images improves performance of various tasks.  No, not related to cycling, but bizarre enough to be worth taking note.  It must be the Japaense love of "kawaii" that has led to its precision manufacturing prowess!

And if it works with fine motor skills, then ... could it also work with athletics?  I guess it is not likely to help with strength and endurance sports such as cycling or running, but maybe in the future NBA teams will try to boost their free throw shooting percentages, and golfers to improve their putting scores, by carrying flashcards with their favorite photos of puppies, kittens and other baby animals?

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