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Why when we see a cute cat or dog, we immedietly want to make physical contact with it (touch, hug, smell, etc.)? Does brain percives cute things somehow like food? Or maybe it triggers parent-child reaction?

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  • $\begingroup$ Interesting to see how folks who don't have much cognition left (Alzheimer's, dementia) still love to wheeled out to hear the birds sing. Another interesting one are fish in a "Sea World"...it seems a regular occurrence for children to literally touch the "wall" or glass between themselves and say a dolphin that has swum to them to apparently "take a look." Seems a little dangerous and yet somehow maybe there is an ancient memory between human and nature that remains "engineered" into our very being...no matter the state of our mind. $\endgroup$ – Doctor Zhivago Jul 20 '16 at 23:24
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    $\begingroup$ Not sure why there are so many close votes given articles like this one: cell.com/trends/cognitive-sciences/abstract/… $\endgroup$ – mrt Jul 21 '16 at 0:38
  • $\begingroup$ @mrt Thank you for the article. If you would change this comment into answer I will accept it. $\endgroup$ – DannyX Jul 21 '16 at 12:32
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    $\begingroup$ @mrt Probably because it lacks initial research. Many currently active users expect better phrased questions. $\endgroup$ – Steven Jeuris Jul 21 '16 at 12:46
  • $\begingroup$ if so, this is similar with case when people looks trypophobia images, then he would scared with the disease. People "feels" what infront of them $\endgroup$ – toha Jul 22 '16 at 9:49