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Why Are Things Cute?

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“cute” etymology: http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=cute

Konrad Lorenz: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Konrad_Lorenz

CUTE human baby: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N9oxmRT2YWw

MARCEL THE SHELL: http://bit.ly/Rv8Y5o

Cute hammer, face, and cat (interactive): http://www.exploratorium.edu/mind/judgment/cuteify/v1/

Daniel Dennet TED talk about cuteness (and more!): http://www.ted.com/talks/dan_dennett_cute_sexy_sweet_funny.html

cute and psychology: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/under-friendly-spell/200803/cute-the-brain

Nucleus Accumbens: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nucleus_accumbens

Mickey got cuter [PDF): http://www.monmsci.net/~kbaldwin/mickey.pdf

puremrz ART: http://www.puremrz.deviantart.com

Neoteny: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neoteny

Animals by order of domestication: http://archaeology.about.com/od/dterms/a/domestication.htm

**The modern dog as technology**
http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2012/02/build-a-dog/ratliff-text
http://www.sciencefriday.com/segment/05/15/2009/the-modern-dog.html
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/evolution/potpourri-pooches.html

Articles on the science of cute:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cuteness
http://www.gizmag.com/the-science-of-cute/23707/

http://arstechnica.com/science/2006/01/2292/
http://www.huliq.com/10282/cute-baby-animals-and-babies-trigger-pleasure-human-brain-thats-addicting

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